New Hampshire
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Filing Period - June 3 - 12, 2020

NOTE:  June 2nd is the LAST day any registered voter can change their party affiliation before the State Primary Election (September 8, 2020), and it is the LAST day that any person who wishes to file as a candidate can register to vote  --  you must be a registered voter of the party you wish to file for in the town where you are domiciled.   The Supervisors of the Checklist are required to meet on June 2nd between the hours of 7-7:30 p.m. For this year only, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, voters are allowed to complete a change of party registration form and mail it to the clerk of your town so that it is received no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 2nd.  The clerk will forward any change of party registration forms to the supervisors to act on at their meeting. Please check with your Town or City Clerk's Office  (or check your town/city website or local newspaper) for the place and time of the supervisors session.  

Declarations of Candidacy - for any person filing as republican or a democratic candidate for the State Primary Election.  All candidates must file a Declaration of Candidacy, a Statement of Financial Interests (RSA 15-A)  and pay the administrative assessment fee OR file the required number of primary petitions as indicated below - RSA 655:19-c. 

File with Secretary of State:
Governor or U.S. Senator | $100 or 200 primary petitions
Representative in Congress | $50 or 100 primary petitions
Executive Councilor | $25 or 50 primary petitions
State Senator | $10 or 20 primary petitions
County Officer | $10 or 50 primary petitions
  

File with Town or City Clerk's Office:
State Representative | $2 or 5 primary petitions
Delegate to the Republican State Convention | no fee and no petitions 

Declarations of Intent - for individuals who intend to be a candidate in the general election from a political organization and for political organizations who wish to have the names of their candidates placed on the general election ballot - RSA 665:17-a, 17-c, 40-45. All candidates must file a Declaration of Intent, a Statement of Financial Interests (RSA 15-A) and pay the administrative assessment fee during the June 3 - 12, 2020 filing period AND file the required nomination papers as indicated below. 

File with Secretary of State:
President of the United States | $250 AND 3,000 nomination papers*
Governor or U.S. Senator | $100 AND 3,000 nomination papers* 
Representative in Congress | $50 AND 1,500 nomination papers
Executive Councilor | $25 AND 750 nomination papers
State Senator | $10 AND 750 nomination papers
County Officer | $10 AND 150 nomination papers
State Representative | $2 AND 150 nomination papers
Political Organization | no fee - 17,406 nomination papers
*1,500 from each congressional district.  Nomination papers for all other offices must be signed by registered voters from the respective district. All nomination papers must signed in the year of the election - 2020.

Filing Deadlines for Nomination Papers:
August 5, 2020- Last day to submit signed nomination papers to Supervisors of the Checklist in town or city
August 26, 2020- Supervisors must have nomination papers certified for candidates and organizations
September 2, 2020- Last day to file certified nomination papers with Secretary of State's Office

Nomination Paper for Individual | Nomination Paper for Multiple Candidates | Nomination Paper for Political Organization |

(Nomination papers SHALL be grouped by municipality when filed with the Secretary of State's Office) 

Filing forms are available from the Secretary of State's Office, State House Room 204, Concord, NH 03301  Phone: 603-271-3242    Fax: 603-271-6316    email: elections@sos.nh.gov  

State Primary Election - September 8, 2020
State General Election - November 3, 2020

 

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Qualifications for Office

GOVERNOR - Must be 30 years of age, a registered voter and domiciled in New Hampshire for at least 7 years.

UNITED STATES SENATOR - Must be 30 years of age, a registered voter in New Hampshire and a United States Citizen for at least 9 years. 

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE - Must be 25 years of age and a United States Citizen for at least 7 years.  Candidate does not have to live in same district they are a candidate for; however, must be domiciled and a registered voter in New Hampshire. 

EXECUTIVE COUNCILOR - Must be 30 years of age, a registered voter and domiciled in New Hampshire for at least 7 years.  Must live in executive council district they are a candidate for. 

STATE SENATOR - Must be 30 years of age, a registered voter and domiciled in New Hampshire for at least 7 years.  Must live in senate district they are a candidate for. 

STATE REPRESENTATIVE - Must be 18 years of age, a registered voter and domiciled in New Hampshire for at least 2 years.  Must live in town or ward they are a candidate for.

COUNTY OFFICER - Must be 18 years of age and a registered voter in the county where you are domiciled.  Must also be aware of other provisions of law regarding qualifications for particular county offices.

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