Qualifications for Absentee Ballot
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) Effective January 1, 2019, law was changed to also include for use only on the Monday immediately prior to an election, that a voter cannot appear at their polling location place on election day because the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning, blizzard warning, or ice storm warning for election day applicable to Nashua. Please note if a request is received prior to that Monday, with this information checked off, your request will be rejected.
Request for Absentee Ballot
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 domicile residence (not a post office box) and an address where the voter would like to have the ballot mailed, if different. The applicant must sign the form to receive their absentee ballot. Any person who assists a voter with a disability in executing this form shall make a statement acknowledging assistance on the application form to assist the moderator when comparing signatures on election day. If you qualify to vote by absentee ballot, please click on the below link, print out the request, complete and return to our office. Please note that this form is two pages and both sides need to be completed or your request will be rejected. Absentee ballots will be available approximately 30 days prior to the date of an election.
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, if the ballot is being mailed back to our office, time for it to be return to our office in time for the election. Sometimes mail has taken 3-4 business days within the city to reach us, so please keep this in mind when requesting your ballot or mailing it back to us.
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.