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Easy steps for first time voters


by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter
October 22, 2020
REGION — With voting day just 13 days away, Nov. 3, many first time voters, including young people have questions on how the process works and what they need to do. You must be over 18 to vote.

If you vote in person, you will have to show a photo ID. If you do not have a photo ID, you can sign an affidavit stating that you are who you say you are, and will be able to proceed with voting.

You may register to vote on Election Day at the polls, there will be election workers available to help with this.

As stated on the Vote NH Web site, "Show the supervisors of the checklist or the town or city clerk proof of citizenship, age, identity, and domicile. Every voter can sign an affidavit to establish any of these elements - a voter should never leave without voting because they did not show ID.

For questions about what to bring, see our 'Registration' page."

If your new address is in a different town or ward, you must re-register at your new polling place and vote there. If you are already registered in New Hampshire, and you are re-registering in a different town in NH, you do not need to re-prove age or citizenship.

College students can vote in New Hampshire. To vote in New Hampshire, you must be a US citizen, be 18 or older on or before Election day, and be domiciled in New Hampshire. Your "domicile" is your civic home.

The Web site describes domicile as "Where you choose to lay your head and choose to be part of the community."

Felons in New Hampshire are able to vote, if they are not currently incarcerated, this includes those on probation.

Homeless individuals are also able to vote. A written statement can be provided by the homeless shelter or from a friend or family member of whom you are residing. According to the law, a domicile can also be a bridge, park or intersection.

Remember that it is illegal to wear any political campaign attire of any kind at the polls, this includes hats, buttons, signs and tee-shirts. Anyone doing so, may face a fine of $1,000.

If you voted absentee, you can track your ballot at www.voteinnh.org/votetracker.

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