The 2020 election season is here and the Nashua City Clerk’s Office wants to remind voters that Aug. 25 is the last day to register to vote or make any name/address changes ahead of the Sept. 8 State Primary Day election. To accommodate those wishing to register to vote, the City Clerk’s Office will be hosting open voter registration hours. The State of New Hampshire has also made important changes to election laws, specifically concerning absentee ballots.
Registering to Vote
All voter registration applications, as well as any name and/or address corrections to the checklist must be received by the Nashua City Clerk’s Office by Tuesday, Aug. 25. New voters may register absentee by Aug. 25, or in-person at their polling place on election day.
Open voter registration hours will be held at the picnic tables located behind Nashua City Hall at the Elm Street Entrance:
8 am–5 pm Monday through Friday
8 am–noon Saturday, Aug. 22.
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 on Sept. 8 and General Election on Nov. 3.
Absentee ballot applications may be completed in the convenience of your home. If you are not yet registered to vote, but have submitted an absentee ballot application, a voter registration form, absentee registration affidavit and instructions will be sent to you when we mail your ballot. You may mail, email, fax or hand-deliver your completed application to the Office of the City Clerk. You must be a resident of Nashua to register with the Nashua City Clerk’s Office.
Absentee ballots sent via regular mail must be received no later than 5 pm on election day. An absentee voter or 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 from 3–5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7 to accept absentee ballots in hand.
Absentee ballots CANNOT be placed in the drop-off box at Nashua City Hall, in accordance with state law. You may, however, hand-deliver it to our Elm Street entrance between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm, Monday – Friday and on Saturdays from 8 am til noon.
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.
Absentee 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.
- A 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 or a voter with a disability who has signed a statement on the affidavit envelope acknowledging assistance. This person cannot deliver more than four 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 undeclared, he or she needs to specify which party’s ballot he or she would like to receive otherwise the application will be rejected. A return to undeclared form will be included with the absentee ballot.
Municipal elections are non-partisan, so party registration has no bearing on voter eligibility to participate in any municipal elections.
Other important information
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.
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; 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 a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) form and return it to the Nashua City Clerk’s Office. Find the FPCA form here.