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Please see a basic breakdown of how to vote in Hanover, NH here. You can also find more information from the New Hampshire Secretary of State's office regarding domicile / residency questions, here.
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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 open 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 10 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.
Absentee voter registration is available to residents who cannot physically present themselves to the Town Clerk's Office due to disability or temporary absence. If registering absentee, we cannot provide any forms via email or by giving them to someone else - they must be mailed via U.S. post directly to the registrant. The registrant must have access to a printer as paper copies of documentation that proves their identity and Hanover domicile must be posted back to our office along with the completed voter registration form and absentee voter registration affidavit (which must be witnessed by someone other than the registrant).
You may also register same-day on Election Day in New Hampshire - however, we encourage you to register early in order to avoid any unnecessary delays at the polling place.
Absentee Ballot Request Forms are available for the 2024 Presidential Primary here, or by visiting the Hanover Town Hall during business hours.
Absentee Ballot Request forms can also be found on our website under Voting Information, or the voter may email the Town Clerk's Office or call at 603-640-3200 to have the form provided to them. From recent correspondence from the Office of the NH Secretary of State, we have learned the request form must be signed in ink on paper.
The completed form may be returned as follows:
There is an electronic process for voters who certify they have a print disability and, because of this disability, are unable to sign the application for absentee ballot.
Voters living overseas can apply for an absentee ballot using a Federal Postcard Application, or FPCA at any time throughout the year. These can be filled out, signed in ink on paper and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Voters will receive their ballots by email, with instructions for filling out and mailing by post back to Hanover Town Hall.
In the State of New Hampshire, voting by absentee ballot is allowed only for the following reasons:
Please note: "no excuse" absentee voting for convenience is not currently an option in New Hampshire.
Questions? Please email the Town Clerk's Office now!
The Town of Hanover has a single voting district - unlike larger cities or towns, there are no wards. The single designated polling place is:
Hanover High School41 Lebanon StreetHanover, NH 03755
Polls open at 7 am and close at 7 pm.
You will be asked to present proof of citizenship, age and domicile.
A birth certificate, U.S. Passport/Passcard, or naturalization document; if none of these is available, a Qualified Voter Affidavit may be completed.
A driver's license or non-driver ID from any state; if none of these is available, a Qualified Voter Affidavit may be completed.
Any of the following documents can be submitted as presumptive evidence that the applicant meets the domicile requirement: a current lease or utility bill with Hanover address, a current NH driver's license with Hanover address, current NH vehicle registration with a Hanover address, a letter from Dartmouth's Office of Residential Life confirming Hanover on-campus residency. If none of these is available, a Domicile Affidavit may be completed.
Note: We have been advised by the Office of the NH Attorney General that the Qualified Voter Affidavit and the Domicile Affidavit may not be offered to those who are registering to vote absentee (by mail); they are available only to those registering in person before a Hanover election official.
Make your vote count! Be sure to carefully follow the instructions enclosed with your ballot. After marking your ballot, place it in the smaller envelope, seal this envelope, and sign the affidavit that fits your particular circumstances. After you have signed the proper affidavit with your full name, place the envelope containing the ballot into the mailing envelope, affix proper postage and mail with adequate time so that it is delivered to the Hanover Town Clerk by post no later than 5 pm on Election Day. Ballots may be hand delivered to the Town Clerk's Office no later than 5 pm the day before Election Day by the voter him/herself or by an immediate family member (spouse, parent, sibling, or child) who will need to complete a State of NH Absentee Ballot Return Form.
Our elections are fueled by volunteer ballot clerks, and we are always looking for new recruits! Please email the Town Clerk’s Office to be added to the list. Thank you for your interest.