If you do not present a photo ID that is approved, or your identity is not verified either through the statewide voter database or personal knowledge of you, by an election official, you will be permitted to vote by affidavit ballot after executing a challenged voter affidavit.
In addition, a photograph taken of you will be attached to the duplicate copy of the affidavit voter verification letter to be delivered to the secretary of state. (If you object to the photograph requirement because of religious beliefs, you may execute an affidavit of religious exemption that will be attached to the challenged voter affidavit.)
Your affidavit ballot will be placed in a container designated “Affidavit Ballots” and hand counted after the polls have closed. The election official will give you an affidavit voter package that contains:
- a) A prepaid U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail Express (overnight delivery) envelope addressed to the secretary of state for you to return the affidavit verification letter (described in subparagraph (b) below) and any required missing documentation that caused you to vote by affidavit ballot.
(b) An affidavit voter verification letter, in duplicate form, which lists all the documents required to qualify to vote in the state of New Hampshire. The election official will (1) mark, on both copies of the verification letter, which qualifying documents were not provided and (2) give you one copy of the affidavit verification letter; the election official will keep the other copy to forward to the secretary of state. You must return your copy of the affidavit verification letter and a copy of any required documentation to the secretary of state in the provided prepaid U.S. Postal Service envelope within 7 days of the date of the election in order for your ballot to be certified.
On the 7th day after the election, if you have not returned the verification letter with the missing voter qualifying documentation to the secretary of state, either in person or using the prepaid U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail Express Envelope, the candidate(s) and issue(s) on your affidavit ballot will be deducted from the vote total.
If your verification letter is either not returned to the secretary of state or does not provide the required voter qualifying information, your name will be referred by the secretary of state to the New Hampshire attorney general’s office for investigation to determine whether fraudulent voting occurred.