Feb 9, 2016 8:47 AM

What you need to know at the polls: ID requirements and frequently misunderstood laws


Today is the primary and thousands are expected to head to the polls to choose a presidential candidate.

NH1 News has your answers to the frequently asked questions surrounding voting laws in the Granite State.

Do I need an ID?

No. You do not need an ID to vote, but you will be asked for one. If you do not have one, or do not want to show one, you can sign an affidavit stating that you live where you are voting. You also will have your picture taken, unless you have a religious exemption. A letter will be sent to your house asking you to verify your address. If that letter is not returned to the Secretary of State's office, the case will be sent to the Attorney General's office for investigation of voter fraud.

Do I need to be registered?

In New Hampshire, you can register the day you vote, but you will need a few things to do so, including documents that prove age, citizenship and domicile.

How long do I need to live in New Hampshire before I can vote?

There is no requirement for how long you have lived here before you can vote. As mentioned above, you will need to prove domicile though.

Can I take photos and video at a polling place?

Yes. You are allowed to take photos and videos at a polling site. New Hampshire did have a state law banning "ballot selfies" but concerns over freedom of speech were raised and a judge struck down that law last August.

Federal court deems banning of 'ballot selfies' violation of First Amendment

The U.S. Attorney's Office and the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office also will staff voting inquiry and complaint lines through 8 p.m. Tuesday. Anyone with a question or complaint can call 1-866-868-3703 (1-866-VOTER03) or (603) 230-2503. Inquiries and complaints also can be sent by e-mail to electionlaw@doj.nh.gov.


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