Voting Information

Upcoming Elections

  • 2024 NH State Presidental Primary will be held on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024 at the Hanover High School from 7am to 7pm. Absentee ballot request forms are available here, or at the Hanover Town Hall during business hours. 

To be eligible to register and vote in Hanover, New Hampshire, a person must be (a) 18 years of age or older on Election Day; (b) a United States Citizen; and (c) domiciled in the Town of Hanover. A domicile for voting purposes is that one place where a person, more than any other place, has established a physical presence and manifests an intent to maintain a single and continuous presence for domestic, social, and civil purposes relevant to participating in democratic self-government.

Where to Register

The voter registration process in New Hampshire is designed to place in person before a designated election official. New Hampshire currently does not allow for general voter registration by mail. Individuals may register to vote at the Town Office (41 South Main Street) Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Applications may be made at any time of the year (except ~7 days prior to any election). There may also be specially scheduled registration sessions leading up to major elections; these events will be posted on the Town website. You may also register same-day on Election Day - however, we encourage you to register early in order to avoid any unnecessary delays at the polling place.

What to Bring with You to Register

Ideally, the voter registrant presents documents that confirm identity, age, citizenship, and Hanover domicile address. A New Hampshire Driver's License with your current Hanover address will provide proof of identity, age, and residency. In the most streamlined of transactions, the registrant presents a U.S. passport which affirms the person's identity, age, and citizenship; and then also presents valid proof of Hanover residence (such as a signed lease, owning a Hanover property, a bill issued to you at your Hanover address for public utility service, a letter from the campus housing office). An affidavit is available to prove citizenship, identity, and age. Currently, we may also offer a separate Domicile Affidavit to attest to residency at a Hanover address. Any questions regarding the need for documentation can be directed to the Town Clerk's Office at 603-640-3200.

Party Affiliation

When registering to vote, the applicant is not required to affiliate with a particular political party; however, applicants may opt to register as a Democrat or a Republican (there is no recognized Independent Party in NH). If no affiliation is designated, the applicant will be registered as Undeclared on the voter checklist. In Primary Elections, those voters affiliated with one of the three recognized political parties may only vote in the Primary Election of that party. Undeclared voters may choose on Election Day at the polls to affiliate with any of the parties to request that party's ballot at the polls; however, this action formally affiliates them with this political party, and they will be listed as this party on future voter checklists if not subsequent action is taken. Voters who arrive at the polling place on Primary Election Day as Undeclared and affiliate with a political party to participate in their contest who wish to return to Undeclared status may do so after casting their ballot and before exiting the polling place at the Undeclared Voter Re-Registration station. Please note: the Libertarian Party did not meet the minimum threshold to maintain major party status in NH during the November 2018 election and is not a current party affiliation option.

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