Voting in Party Primaries

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    Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Can I vote in a primary if I am an undeclared voter?
    Yes.  An undeclared voter may vote in a state primary. You will be required to choose either a Republican or Democratic ballot when you go to vote. The last day a registered voter can change their party affiliation before the 2020 state primary is June 2, 2020.   Supervisors of the checklist are required to meet on that day at least between 7:00-7:30 p.m. to accept party changes. For the 2020 State Primary ONLY in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the governor has issued an executive order allowing voters to change their party affiliation by completing a form and returning it to your city or town clerk. To change political party affiliation, a voter must mail a completed application, signed by the voter and a witness, to the voter's town or city clerk.  Alternatively, town or city clerks are authorized to arrange a drop-off location for completed applications.  The clerk shall provide the supervisors of the checklist all applications received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
    How do I return to undeclared status after voting in a state primary or presidential primary?
     When you vote on a party ballot in a state or presidential primary, you become a registered member of that party unless you fill out a card to or sign a list to return to undeclared status with the supervisors of the checklist before leaving the polling place. 
    How do I change my party affiliation?

    You may change your party affiliation with the clerk of the town or city where you are domiciled or at any scheduled meeting of the supervisors of the checklist except for during the period of time between the first day of the filing period for the primary election and/or the presidential primary election and the date of the primary election itself.  You will be required to choose either a Republican or Democratic ballot when you go to vote. The last day a registered voter can change their party affiliation before the 2020 state primary is June 2, 2020.   Supervisors of the checklist are required to meet on that day at least between 7:00-7:30 p.m. to accept party changes. For the 2020 State Primary ONLY in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the governor has issued an executive order allowing voters to change their party affiliation by completing a form and returning it to your city or town clerk. To change political party affiliation, a voter must mail a completed application, signed by the voter and a witness, to the voter's town or city clerk.  Alternatively, town or city clerks are authorized to arrange a drop-off location for completed applications.  The clerk shall provide the supervisors of the checklist all applications received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.  

     

    Where can I look up my voter registration status?
     Voters that have provided their date of birth on a voter registration form may go to the Secretary of State’s Registered Voter web link .  The person must enter their first name, last name, town or city, date of birth, and complete the security entry.  If the name, town or city, and date of birth are the same as what was provided in their voter registration form, their name, voter ID, and party affiliation, if any, will be displayed.    
    What if my party affiliation that is displayed on the Secretary of State’s website is not correct?
     Voters should contact their local supervisors of the checklist or town/city clerk  
    What are the official political parties in the state?

     At this time, the official political parties in the State of New Hampshire are the Democratic and Republican parties.    

     “Party shall mean any political organization which at the preceding state general election received at least 4 percent of the total number of votes cast for any one of the following: the office of governor or the offices of United States Senators.” RSA 652:11   

    Does the state website feature contact information and/or links to official political party web sites?
     No. 
    What if I am observing a religious holiday on the day of an election?
    Any person who cannot appear in public on election day because of observance of a religious commitment may request an absentee ballot from their town or city clerk.