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Voting Information

Click on the below links for more voting information.


UPCOMING ELECTIONS

  • State Primary Election - September 9, 2014
  • General Election - November 4, 2014

WHICH WARD DO I LIVE IN?

Please click here to view a listing of wards by street name and numbers.

Please be sure that your address is accurately listed on the checklist to avoid problems on Election Day. Remember, you must vote in the ward where you reside

If you have any questions, please contact the City Clerk's Office at (603) 610-7245 or via e-mail at cityclerk@cityofportsmouth.com.


PARTY AFFILIATION INFORMATION


Please Note: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 was the last day to change Party Affiliation prior to the State Primary Election on September 9, 2014.

Undeclared Status

Undeclared voters will be required to declare their party at the polls during a Primary Election. Undeclared voters are allowed to change their party affiliation back to undeclared status after voting on Primary Election Day by visiting the Registrars table at the polling location.


POLLING HOURS


The polling hours for the State Primary Election, September 9, 2014, will be 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


VOTING LOCATIONS

Ward One - New Franklin School - Franklin Drive
  • Off Woodbury Avenue, between Anchorage and Best Inns

Ward Two - Portsmouth Middle School - Parrott Avenue

Ward Three - Sherburne School (Robert J. Lister Academy) - Sherburne Road

  • From Route 33, hospital traffic light intersection
  • From Route 1, take Borthwick Avenue to the end

Ward Four - Dondero Elemetary School - Van Buren Avenue

  • Off Lafayette Road - McKinley Road to Van Buren Avenue

Ward Five - Little Harbour School - Clough Drive

  • Off South Street near the cemetery

 


ELECTION DAY VOTER REGISTRATION

Voters may register at the polls on Election Day.


HOW TO REGISTER TO VOTE

Information Required

When determining the qualifications of an applicant, the supervisors of the checklist, or the town or city clerk, shall require the applicant to present proof of citizenship, age, and domicile, as provided in the following categories:

CITIZENSHIP

The supervisors of the checklist, or the town or city clerk, shall accept from the applicant any one of the following as proof of citizenship: the applicant's birth certificate, a passport, naturalization papers if the applicant is a naturalized citizen, a citizenship affidavit, or any other reasonable documentation which indicates the applicant is a United States citizen.

AGE

Any reasonable documentation indicating the applicant is 18 years of age or older.

DOMICILE

Any reasonable documentation which indicates that the applicant has a domicile and intends to maintain a domicile, as defined in this chapter, in the town, city or ward in which he or she desires to vote, or if the applicant does not have reasonable documentation in his or her possession at the place and time of voter registration, an affidavit may be completed. No post office box addresses or business addresses are accepted.

Alternate Options (other than above)

 

  1. You may register on Election Day.
  1. If you meet the state's voter requirements and qualifications and are unable to register in person because of physical disability, military service, or because of temporary absence, you may register by mail. You should request an Absentee Registration Affidavit and a Voter Registration Card from the City Clerk. The Absentee Registration Affidavit must be witnessed and then both the affidavit and the voter registration card are to be returned to the City Clerk.

 

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VOTER ID LAW:

Click here to view "VOTER ID" LAW (Effective July 24, 2013)

ABSENTEE BALLOTS AND APPLICATIONS:

Absentee ballots are now available for the September 9, 2014 Primary election. In order to receive an Absentee Ballot for the September 9, 2014 State Primary Election, you must be a registered voter in the City of Portsmouth and meet the criteria for receiving absentee ballots as stated below. You must fill out an Absentee Ballot Application Form and submit the form either in person or through the mail.


CRITERIA FOR RECEIVING ABSENTEE BALLOTS

There are four reasons available under the law for individuals to receive an absentee ballot. Commuters please read information under Absence from City.

  • Absence from City: A person is unable to appear at any time during polling hours at polling place because they will be working on election day or will be otherwise absent on election day from the city and will be unable to vote in person.
  • Absence Because of Religious Observance: A person is observing a religious commitment which prevents them from voting in person.
  • Physical Disability: A person is unable to vote in person due to a physical disability.
  • Absence from City due to Employment: A person at any time during polling hours cannot appear because of an employment obligation requires them 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.

SAMPLE BALLOTS

Sample ballots for the September 9, 2014 State Primary Election are listed below. The sample ballots will also be on
display at the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall Public Notice Board, Portsmouth Public Library.

Ward 1 - Democrat   Ward 1 - Republican
Ward 2 - Democrat    Ward 2 - Republican
Ward 3 - Democrat    Ward 3 - Republican
Ward 4 - Democrat   Ward 4 - Republican
Ward 5 - Democrat   Ward 5 - Republican

STATE SENATE AND STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICTS

Due to the passage of House Bill 592, our State Senate and State Representative Districts are as follows:

State Senate District - after 2012 Redistricting

  • District 21: Durham, Lee, Madbury, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, and Portsmouth

State Representative Districts - after 2012 Redistricting = 7 total representatives

  • District 25 - Consists of Ward 1 only
  • District 26 - Consists of Ward 2 only
  • District 27 - Consists of Ward 3 only
  • District 28 - Consists of Ward 4 only
  • District 29 - Consists of Ward 5 only
  • District 30 - Consists of Ward 1, 2, 4, and 5 (Not 3)
  • District 31 - Floterial with Ward 3 only represented with Greenland, Newington & North Hampton

1st Congressional District - 1 representative to Congress
2 U.S. Senators to Washington DC for the State of New Hampshire

 

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