HANOVER TOWN MEETING - TUESDAY, JULY 13, 2021 @ Dewey Field Parking Lot

Given the dynamic public health situation surrounding COVID-19, the Hanover Selectboard and the Town Moderator have opted to defer the date of the traditional May Town meeting until Tuesday, July 13, 2021. This deferral has pushed several important dates forward a few weeks:
  • Filing period for town offices to appear on the non-partisan ballot will run from Wednesday, May 26, 2021 through Friday, June 4, 2021.
  • The last day for 25 or more Hanover voters to petition the Selectboard to include a warrant article for discussion at the Business Meeting portion of Town Meeting is Tuesday, June 8, 2021.
  • Last day to register to vote before the Town Election in the Town Offices during business hours will be Friday, July 2, 2021. The Supervisors of the Checklist will also be in session on Saturday, July 3 to finalize the checklist. Voters will still be able to register to vote on Election Day at the polling place; however, there is a 10-day 'black-out' period before the local election to prepare the checklist.
  • Concern for COVID-19 is considered a 'disability' to qualify for voting absentee. In New Hampshire, voters must qualify to vote absentee either by being absent from the Town or by being disabled. The absentee ballot application form is available here

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 continous presence for domestic, social, and civil purposes relevant to participating in democratic self-government. 
  • Click here for additional general information on Registering to Vote in New Hampshire.
  • Click here for Domicile-Residence Questions and Answers (available to better appreciate impact of HB1264)

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 - 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 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.]

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Donna Stender Assistant Town Clerk and Deputy Tax Collector (603) 640-3202
Betsy McClain Town Clerk (603) 640-3203
Melissa Heino Associate Town Clerk and Tax Collector (603) 640-3201
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