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Absentee Ballots

Absentee ballots are generally available 30 days prior to an election.   Listed below is the absentee ballot application for the General Municipal Elections being held on November 3, 2015

Absentee Ballot Request Form for Nashua voters for the November 3, 2015 Municipal General Election

Absentee ballot request form (and voter registration form) for members of the armed services and overseas citizens absentee voters

Nashua voters requesting or returning an absentee ballot should address the mail to:  City Clerk, 229 Main Street, Nashua, NH  03060.

Any registered voter who is absent from the city on the day of an election, who cannot appear in public because of an observance of a religious commitment, or who is unable to vote in person by reasons of a physical disability, may vote by absentee ballot.  A person who is unable to appear at any time during polling hours at his or her polling place because an employment obligation requires the person to remain physically at work or to be in transit to or from work from the time the polls open until after the time the polls close shall be considered absent from the city. (NH RSA 657:1)

A Nashua voter's request for an absentee ballot must be made in writing and mailed to the City Clerk, faxed to 603-589-3029 or scanned and email to   The request must be signed by the person requesting the ballot and needs to include that person's legal residence (not a post office box) and an address where the voter would like to have the ballot mailed.  For your convenience, a link to an absentee ballot request form is posted at the top of this page.  Absentee ballots will be available approximately 30 days prior to the date of an election.

The Mayoral Primary and Municipal Elections are non-partisan.  Party registration has no bearing on voter eligibility to participate in municipal elections. 

However, for state party primaries an absentee voter needs to designate which party he or she is registered in and the City Clerk will mail the primary ballot for that party to the voter. If the voter is Undeclared, he or she should specify which party's ballot he or she would like to receive. The Undeclared absentee voter's party registration will be changed to the party registration whose ballot was requested, and the ballot will be mailed to the voter.

Voters who wish to cast absentee ballots should allow enough time for the Clerk to receive the written request, for the post office to deliver the ballot, and for the voter to mail that ballot back to the City Clerk in time for the election.

It is important to note the following:

  • An absentee voter can deliver his or her own ballot in person to the City Clerk, during regular business hours, until the day before an election.
  • Hand-delivered ballots may be dropped off by the voter or delivered by the voter's spouse, parent, sibling or child to the City Clerk from whom it was sent.  The City Clerk shall not accept an absentee ballot from a family member unless the family member completes a form, provided by the Secretary of State, and the family member presents a government issued photo identification or has his or her identity verified by the City Clerk.
  • Hand-delivered absentee ballots will not be accepted at the City Clerk's Office on election day. Voters who are present in the City on election day must go to the polls to vote. The absentee ballot should be disposed of since ward election officials are not authorized to accept absentee ballots at the polls. Instead, a regular ballot will be issued at the checklist table.
  • Ballots received by mail after 5 p.m. on election day will not be counted (per RSA 657:22), except for those issued to emergency service workers under limited circumstances. 

Voters can track the status of their absentee ballot by visiting the Secretary of State's, State of New Hampshire, Voter Information Look-up Page and selecting the Absentee Ballot Search.

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