Absentee Ballots

At this time absentee ballot applications are not currently available for the November 7, 2017 Municipal General Election as there are changes in state law forthcoming which will require us to amend our form.  Should you need an absentee ballot application for the November 7, 2017 Municipal General Election, please check back here periodically.


Qualifications


Any registered voter who is absent from the city on the day of an election, who cannot appear in public because of an observance of a religious commitment, or who is unable to vote in person by reasons of a physical disability, may vote by absentee ballot. A person who is unable to appear at any time during polling hours at his or her polling place because an employment obligation.  For this purpose of this application, the term "employment" shall include the care of children and infirm adults, with or without compensation. (NH RSA 657:1)

Request


A Nashua voter's request for an absentee ballot must be made in writing and mailed to the City Clerk, faxed to 603-589-3029 or scanned and emailed. The request must be signed by the person requesting the ballot and needs to include that person's legal residence (not a post office box) and an address where the voter would like to have the ballot mailed.  Absentee ballots will be available approximately 30 days prior to the date of an election. 

Party Registration


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.


Allow Enough Time


Voters who wish to cast absentee ballots should allow enough time for the Clerk to receive the written request, for the post office to deliver the ballot, and for the voter to mail that ballot back to the City Clerk in time for the election. 

Please Note


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.  After you have signed the proper affidavit with your full name, place this envelope into the mailing envelope.  If this envelope is not returned in the mailing envelope, you ballot will not be counted.  If mailing, affix the proper postage and place in the mail.  It has to be received, in the mail, no later than 5:00 p.m. on election day. 
  • 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.
  • 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 will not be accepted at the City Clerk's Office on election day. Voters who are present in the City on election day must go to the polls to vote. The absentee ballot should be disposed of since ward election officials are not authorized to accept absentee ballots at the polls. Instead, a regular ballot will be issued at the checklist table.
  • 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.
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.