How to Vote in New Hampshire in 2018

Hello New Hampshire. Whether this is your first time voting, or
you’ve been a New Hampshire voter for years, I’m glad you’re watching this because
the laws in your state have changed a little
bit since the last election. If you want to vote, first you’ll need to
register. If you’re not sure whether you’re registered,
there’s a link in the description where
you can check. It says it’s for looking up your party affiliation,
but it will only pull up a record if you’re already
registered, so that will give you an answer. You can also check your registration status
by calling your town or city clerk’s office, there’s a link to all their contact information
in the description. So what if you’re not registered, or you
need to update your name or address on your
registration? In New Hampshire, you have to register in
person, either at your city or town clerk’s office in advance – that ends about one
to two weeks before election day but it varies by town so check with your town clerk for
your exact deadline. If you have a disability that prevents you
from registering in person you can also contact your town clerk and have them send you an
absentee registration application. But no matter where in New Hampshire you live,
you can also register at your polling place
on election day. When you register, you should bring a photo
ID like a driver’s license, state ID, student ID or passport, and a proof of residence like
a bank statement, utility bill, paycheck, or a
lease with your name and address on it. There’s a link in the description where
you can find your clerk’s office to go get registered or ask any registration questions
you have. So once you’re registered, you get to vote. In most cases, you’re going to be voting
in person on November 6th in New Hampshire, unless you’ll be out of town on election
day, or have a disability or religious belief
that doesn’t allow you to get to the polls. If any of those situations do apply to you,
there’s a link below to where you can apply
for an absentee ballot. You have until November 5th at 5pm to get
your request in, but the sooner you do it the longer you’ll have to get your ballot
in the mail, fill it out at your own pace, and either mail it back in by November 6th,
or drop it off at your clerk’s office by
November 5th. For the rest of you, you’ll need to head
to the polls on November 6th. You can look up where to go to vote using
the link in the description. The hours that polls are open vary from town
to town, but that same link where you look up your polling place will tell you exactly
what times you can vote. You’ll need to bring a photo ID with you,
like a driver’s license, state ID, passport,
student ID, or military ID. If you don’t have one of these, you may
be still allowed to vote if you sign an affidavit
that says you’re you. If you have any questions, don’t be afraid
to ask the poll workers. Remember, they’re there to help you vote. If you want to see everything that’s going
to be on the ballot ahead of time, you can go to your local clerk’s website to find
your sample ballot. This gives you a chance to see everything
you get to vote for this year. You don’t have to vote for every item on
the ballot for it to be counted, but those local elections are pretty important, so this
just gives you the chance to research the candidates for your local elections ahead
of time. If you want to, you can even print one out
and bring it to the polls with you so you
can remember how you want to vote. The best thing to do if you want to vote in
the midterms is to make a plan to vote right now – from what day you’re going to register
to whether you going to vote in person or
absentee. What kind of ID you’re going to use, and
where it is, even what time you’re going to vote and how you’re going to get there
– Write it down, put it in your notes app, text it to your friend, just make a plan so
that nothing unexpected stops you from being
counted on November 6th. All the links you need to check your registration
and polling location will be in the description. Thank you for voting.

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