New Hampshire ID requirements for voting by mail

COVID-19 Advisory: Governor Sununu has announced that the State will allow voters to cast mail-in ballots in the September 8 primary and November 3 general election if the coronavirus is still a factor this fall and the voters feel more comfortable voting absentee because of the outbreak. Voters will need to sign a disability affidavit to that effect. You can get a copy of the mail-in ballot application here. The mail-in ballot must be received by 5:00 on Election Day.

If you need a photocopy of your ID to accompany your absentee/vote-by-mail ballot application and do not have access to a copier or printer, click here to learn how we can help.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Must meet one of the following:

  • Voter will be absent on the day of any state election from the county, city, or town in which voter is registered to vote
  • Voter has a religious commitment on Election Day
  • Voter has a physical disability
  • Voter is in the military
  • Employment obligation (including the care of children and infirm adults, with or without compensation) does not allow voter to go to the polls
  • Voter is in transit to or from work from the time the polls open until after the time the polls close
  • Voter is an emergency worker called into service

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: June 17, 2020

Hannah Piercey

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