Temporary changes to election laws allow concerns for COVID-19 to be used as a basis to register to vote absentee and/or to vote by absentee ballot for the 2020 state primary and general election.
Absentee Ballot applications may be completed in the convenience of your home. 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.
You may mail, e-mail, fax, or hand deliver your completed application to the Office of the City Clerk.
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. 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 or its delivery agent can hand deliver the ballot in person to the City Clerk until the day before an election. The City Clerk's Office will be open between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 7, 2020, to accept absentee ballots in hand.
- Absentee ballets CANNOT be placed in the drop-off box at City Hall, in accordance with State Law. You may, however, hand-deliver it to the city's greeter stationed at our Elm Street entrance between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Please remember to bring a valid photo ID with you. If a ballot is found in the drop-off box, the ballot will not be counted.
- Absentee ballots may not be accepted at the City Clerk's Office on election day. If a ballot needs to be dropped off by a delivery agent, he/she should go to the voter's polling location and drop it off with the Ward Clerk. Your delivery agent will be asked to complete a return form and show photo identification in order to deliver your ballot.
Delivery Agent: The following people are considered to be a delivery agent, per NH RSA 657:17:
- The voter’s spouse, parent, sibling, child, grandchild, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, stepparent or stepchild;
- Nursing home administrator licensed pursuant to RSA 151-A:2, or a nursing home staff member designated in writing by the administrator to deliver ballots;
- The residential care facility administrator, or residential care facility staff member designated in writing by the administrator to deliver ballots;
- The person* assisting a blind voter a voter with a disability who has signed a statement on the affidavit envelope acknowledging assistance. *This person cannot deliver more than 4 absentee ballots.
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