Absentee Voter Registration and Voter Absentee
Due to the current state of emergency, the Secretary of State and Attorney General have determined that all citizens of New Hampshire are entitled to use the disability provisions in New Hampshire’s voter registration and absentee voting laws to register to vote and vote by absentee ballot (by mail).
Absentee Ballot applications for the upcoming 2020 elections can be printed here and completed in the convenience of your home. If you will be voting absentee at both of the upcoming elections, you must submit a separate request for each election. You may mail, e-mail, fax, or hand deliver your completed application to the Office of the City Clerk.
While you may request an absentee ballot at any time, absentee ballots will not likely be available until mid to late summer. If you are not yet registered to vote, we will include the voter registration form, absentee registration affidavit, and instructions when we mail your absentee ballot.
When you complete either the absentee ballot application or the absentee voter registration affidavit, if you are doing so because of the current COVID-19 health emergency, mark the disability section as the basis for your eligibility to register/vote by mail.
Please note you must be a resident of Nashua to register with the Nashua City Clerk’s Office.
Absentee Ballot Request Form (and voter registration form) for members of the armed services and overseas citizens absentee voters
If you are on active duty in the Uniformed Services, Merchant Marines or an eligible spouse or dependent of an active duty member; an activated National Guard member on State orders; if you are a U.S. citizen living outside the country, whether you intend to return, if your return is uncertain or if you have never lived in the United States, you MUST complete the below request, Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), form and return to our office.
Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) Form
Important Information - Please Read
It is important to note the following in regards to absentee voting:
- Make sure you carefully follow the instructions enclosed with your ballot. After marking your ballot, place it in the small envelope and seal said envelope, then sign the affidavit which fits your particular situation. You must sign this affidavit envelope, even though currently signatures are not being verified. If you do not sign this affidavit section, your ballot may be rejected. A person assisting a blind voter or a voter with a disability who needs assistance executing this affidavit shall make and sign a statement on the affidavit envelope acknowledging the assistance in order to assist the moderator when comparing the signatures on election day. If this envelope is not returned in the mailing envelope, your ballot will not be counted. If mailing, affix the proper postage and place in the mail. It has to be received, if in the mail, no later than 5:00 p.m. on election day. Please make sure you leave enough time for the post office to deliver.
- An absentee voter can deliver his or her own ballot in person to the City Clerk, during regular business hours, until the day before an election.
- Absentee ballots CANNOT be placed in the drop-off box at City Hall, in accordance with State Law. If a ballot is found in the drop-off box, the ballot will not be counted.
- Hand-delivered ballots may be dropped off by the voter or delivered by the voter's spouse, parent, sibling or child to the City Clerk from whom it was sent. The City Clerk shall not accept an absentee ballot from a family member unless the family member completes a form, provided by the Secretary of State, and the family member presents a government issued photo identification or has his or her identity verified by the City Clerk.
- Hand-delivered absentee ballots may not be able to be accepted at the City Clerk's Office on election day. If a ballot needs to be dropped off by a family member they should go to the voter's polling location and drop it off with the Ward Clerk. The Ward Clerk shall not accept an absentee ballot from a family member unless the family member completes a form, provided by the Secretary of State, and the family member presents a government issued photo identification or has his or her identity verified by the City Clerk or at the polling location by the Ward Clerk.
- Ballots received by mail after 5 p.m. on election day will not be counted (per RSA 657:22), except for those issued to emergency service workers under limited circumstances.
For State party primaries, an absentee voter needs to designate which party he or she is affiliated with so that the City Clerk can mail the primary ballot, for that party, to the voter. If the voter is Undeclared, he or she needs to specify which party's ballot he or she would like to receive otherwise the application will be rejected.
Municipal Elections are non-partisan, so party registration has no bearing on voter eligibility to participate in any municipal elections.
Voters can track the status of their absentee ballot by visiting the Secretary of State's, State of New Hampshire, Voter Information Look-up Page and selecting the Absentee Ballot Search.