New Hampshire absentee and mail ballot guide
New Hampshire absentee ballot overview
Absentee ballots and mail ballots are the same thing, and the process for getting one is straight forward.
- Request your ballot by the deadline
- Receive your in ballot in the mail
- Return your ballot by the deadline
New Hampshire absentee deadlines
- Earliest day to apply: January 1
- Request deadline (online): N/A
- Request deadline (by mail): Received by 1 day before Election Day
- Request deadline (in person): 1 day before Election Day
- Deadline to return your ballot (by mail): Received by Election Day
- Deadline to return your ballot (in person): Received by Election Day
New Hampshire absentee ballot rules
You can vote by absentee ballot in New Hampshire if:
- you will be absent from your county on Election Day
- you cannot appear in public on Election Day because of religious observances
- you are unable to vote in person due to a disability
- you cannot appear during the designated polling hours because of employment obligation or childcare.
New Hampshire online ballot request
New Hampshire does not allow you to request your ballot online.
New Hampshire by-mail ballot request
- Download the New Hampshire absentee ballot application.
- Fill out all of the required fields.
- Print the application.
- Sign and date your application. This is very important.
- Mail or hand-deliver your completed application directly to your local election office as soon as possible, but no later than the deadline.
- If it’s close to the deadline, call your local election office and see if they will let you submit your application via email or fax.
- Your application must be received by 1 day before Election Day.
New Hampshire in-person ballot request
- Visit your local election office.
- Ask the clerk to give you an absentee ballot application.
- Fill out all of the required fields.
- Sign and date your application.
- The deadline to apply in person is 1 day before Election Day.
After you receive your ballot
- Carefully read and follow the instructions, and fill out all required fields.
- Sign and date the outside envelope.
- Mail or hand-deliver your ballot to your local election office.
- If you mail your ballot, it must be received by Election Day.
- If you hand-deliver your ballot, it must be received by Election Day.
- If you miss the deadline – or forget to sign the outside envelope – your vote will not be counted.
New Hampshire absentee ballot ID requirements
- ID required when requesting a mail-in ballot:
The signature on your absentee ballot application will be compared to the signature on your voter registration card to ensure they match.
- ID required when returning a mail-in ballot:
Your signature on the return envelope will be compared to the signature on your voter registration card to ensure they match. If you forget to sign the return envelope, your ballot might be rejected.
New Hampshire absentee ballot tracker
Track your ballot here: New Hampshire absentee ballot tracker
New Hampshire absentee ballot curing
Ballot curing is the process of resolving any problems with your absentee or mail ballot to ensure that your vote is counted. After tracking your ballot, contact your local election office to fix any issues that have been noted.
- Your ballot will be rejected if your signature is missing or if your signature does not match the one on your absentee ballot application.
- You must make corrections by 5:00 pm on Election Day for your vote to count.
New Hampshire emergency ballots
Some states have special procedures that allow you to obtain an emergency ballot if a medical or other emergency occurs after the standard absentee ballot application window.
Emergency Ballot Rules
You can request an emergency absentee ballot if you are an emergency service worker who is called to duty after NOON on the Friday before Election Day. The secretary of state, the attorney general, and the department of safety will make reasonable efforts to ensure that you have any necessary absentee forms, affadavits and any other material needed to cast your vote.
Dates & Deadlines
- Emergency ballot request ends Monday before Election Day
- Emergency ballot return deadline is Election Day
Contact your local election office
Local election office
Contact your local election office if you have questions.
Statewide election office
This is the statewide agency that is ultimately responsible for New Hampshire elections. You can contact them with questions, but your local election office will probably respond faster.
New Hampshire Secretary of State’s Office Elections Division State House, Room 204 107 North Main Street Concord, NH 03301