Voting Information

We have compiled here information related to in-person and absentee voting for Hampton -- information is pulled largely from the New Hampshire Secretary of State's voting information page as well as the Town of Hampton's election page. NHPR also has an comprehensive summation of COVID-19 related voting concerns for the state of New Hampshire.

Relevant dates for 2020 election:

NH General Election: Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020, at Winnacunnet High School, 7 AM to 8 PM.

Sample ballots and general election ballots will be posted here when available after the State Primary on September 8th.

Requesting an Absentee Ballot:

NH State Primary and General Election absentee ballot request form

Mail (address below), fax to 603-929-5917, or email to townclerk@hamptonnh.gov your signed request form:

Town Clerk
100 Winnacunnet Road
Hampton, NH 0384

We will also have absentee ballot request forms available at the library near the main desk if you are unable to print. Faxing services are likewise available at the main copier during our current hours.

Since voting in person at the 2020 elections may pose a health risk due to the COVID-19 health emergency, you may vote by absentee if: 

  • You are ill due to COVID-19, or caring for someone with COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19; OR 
  • You are concerned that registering or voting in person will expose you or others to COVID-19.

There is now a box on the absentee ballot request form listing COVID-19 as a reason to request an absentee ballot. If you have already submitted a request using a prior version of the form, you do not need to take any further action! The term "disability" in the election law still extends to these circumstances. Even if you do not consider yourself a person with a disability, this term still applies for registering to vote and voting in 2020.

Filling out your Absentee Ballot

  1. Make sure to only vote for as many candidates as each position dictates.
  2. After you have finished your ballot, put it into the affidavit envelope. Sign the box on the affidavit envelope that most correctly fits your circumstances. If someone assisted you in filling out your ballot, they must also sign the affidavit envelope.
  3. Place the affidavit envelope into the return envelope and seal the return envelope. If you are mailing the ballot, remember to affix postage stamps.

Submitting an Absentee Ballot

You may submit your absentee ballot in person or via mail. If mailing, mail your ballot to:

Town Clerk
100 Winnacunnet Road
Hampton, NH 0384

If you are submitting the absentee ballot in person, please return it to the Town Clerk's office in the town hall. If you personally cannot return your absentee ballot, you may designate a delivery agent (see NH RSA 657:17):

  • The voter's spouse, parent, sibling, child, grandchild, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, stepparent, stepchild;
  • or if the voter is a resident of a nursing home as defined in RSA 151-A:1, IV, the nursing home administrator, licensed pursuant to RSA 151-A:2, or a nursing home staff member designated in writing by the administrator to deliver ballots;
  • or if the voter is a resident of a residential care facility licensed pursuant to RSA 151:2, I(e) and described in RSA 151:9, VII(a)(1) and (2), the residential care facility administrator, or a residential care facility staff member designated in writing by the administrator to deliver ballots;
  • or a person assisting a blind voter or a voter with a disability who has signed a statement on the affidavit envelope acknowledging the assistance.

Checking on your Absentee Ballot

You can check the status of your absentee ballot or your absentee ballot request form at the State of New Hampshire's Voter Information Look-up.

Voting Information

Hampton Voting Resources:

Town website Elections page
There isn't much information here beyond where and when to vote and copies of the ballots that you can download.

In The Know Hampton
An unbiased voter guide for local elections. They also have a page on Facebook here.

Rational Taxpayers of Hampton
The website of the authors of the "Yellow Sheet"

Brief summary of Democratic Candidates for 2020 State Primary
Brief summary of Republican Candidates for 2020 State Primary

Summaries of candidates for the 2020 State Primary, largely pulled from https://ballotpedia.org and https://ballotready.org.Some information has been found from public web-based searches of newspaper articles, informational websites, or candidate websites.

General Voting Resources:

NH Secretary of State Voter Information
The NH Secretary of State's voter information page has regularly updated information on voting and election information for New Hampshire. This information includes 

votesmart.org
Project Vote Smart is a non-profit, non-partisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office in the United States. It covers candidates and elected officials in six basic areas: background information, issue positions (via the Political Courage Test), voting records, campaign finances, interest group ratings, and speeches and public statements.

ballotpedia.org
Ballotpedia is a fact-checked wiki-style online encyclopedia about American politics and elections. It covers U.S. Congress, state executive officials, state legislatures, recall elections, state and local ballot measures, and school board elections. The Wall Street Journal described Ballotpedia as "a nonpartisan organization that collects election data."

citizenscount.org
Citizens Count, formerly The Live Free or Die Alliance is a nonpartisan, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created to serve New Hampshire citizens by: providing objective information about issues and candidates, promoting the civil exchange of opinions in a variety of forums, online and in person, and connecting citizens with their elected officials.

ontheissues.org
OnTheIssues is an American non-partisan, non-profit organization providing information to voters about candidates, primarily via their web site. The organization was started in 1996, went non-profit in 2000, and is currently run primarily by volunteers. The organization's stated mission is to help voters pick candidates "based on issues rather than on personalities and popularity." They obtain their information from newspapers, speeches, press releases, book excerpts, House and Senate voting records, Congressional bill sponsorships, political affiliations and ratings, and campaign websites from the Internet.

nhpr.org and COVID-19 information courtesy of NHPR
New Hampshire Public Radio has a great deal of information on the 2020 elections on their site linked here. If you are following this link after the election go to the NHPR.org home page and click on the News menu to find any upcoming election information that might be available.

politifact.com
PolitiFact.com is a project operated by the Tampa Bay Times, in which reporters and editors from the Times and affiliated media outlets "fact-check statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups". They publish original statements and their evaluations on the PolitiFact.com website, and assign each a "Truth-O-Meter" rating. The ratings range from "True" for completely accurate statements to "Pants on Fire" (from the taunt "Liar, liar, pants on fire") for false and ridiculous claims. This link points to the New Hampshire section of their website.

wmur.com
WMUR, New Hampshire's largest television station, has coverage of local, state and national elections in New Hampshire.

Govtrack.us
Govtrack.us is a comprehensive, nonpartisan source for what's happening in the United States Congress. Their website makes it easy to follow legislation in Congress, from bill introduction to floor vote, as well as profiles for senators and representatives. You can use the site to learn more about issues you care about and connect with others who share similar views.