Voting Information

POLLING HOURS FOR NOVEMBER 3, 2020 GENERAL ELECTION HAVE BEEN SET AT:

8:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Voting Center Open October 5 - November 2, 2020

The Portsmouth Voting Center in the Eileen Dondero Foley Council Chambers in City Hall now open.

Hours of Operation (same hours as City Hall):

  • Monday          8 am to 6 pm 
  • Tuesday         8 am to 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday   8 am to 4:30 pm
  • Thursday       8 am to 4:30 pm
  • Friday             8 am to 1 pm

Voter Services Available:

  • Voter registration
  • Obtain Absentee Ballot
  • Return Absentee Ballot

Anyone who is a “delivery agent” returning an absentee ballot will be required to show picture identification and complete a form.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Center cannot accommodate voting within the City Hall Municipal Complex.

The City Clerk staff will also be available outside of City Hall on Saturday October 10, October 17 and October 24 from 9 am to 12 noon, to collect absentee ballots from voters who are returning their own ballots.

Due to the Pre-Processing of Absentee ballots, the staff will NOT be available to accept ballots outside of City Hall on Saturday October 31st.  We apologize for any inconvenience.   City Hall will be open from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 2nd to accept ballots prior to Election Day.

Please contact the City Clerk’s office at 610-7245 with any questions.

Click here for September 8, 2020 State Primary Election Results

The Absentee Ballot process is now open for the Fall 2020 Election Season. The General Election is Nov 3. NH Secretary of State Bill Gardner has provided information advising residents of the requirements to register to vote and cast an absentee ballot. That information is available here.

There are four simple steps to vote by absentee ballot in the November 3 General Election:

1. Make sure you are registered to vote. -- If you are not currently registered to vote , visit the City Clerk's Office at City Hall to register in person, call 610-7208 or email Cityclerk@CityofPortsmouth.com to make arrangements to receive a Voter Registration Packet.
2. Determine your eligibility to vote absentee -- There are five valid reasons registered voters can vote absentee. They include:
  • Absent from the City on the day of the election
  • Observance of a religious commitment on Election Day
  • Due to disability
  • Concerns about COVID-19
  • Employment Obligation (including the care of children and infirm adults, with or without compensation

3. Complete and return an application for Absentee Ballot--Click here for 2020 Absentee Ballot Application (Application has 2 pages. Applications can be returned in person to the City Clerk's Office or dropped in the gray box outside City Hall, mailed, faxed (610-4158) or e-mailed to klbarnaby@cityofportsmouth.com.To track the status of your application click here.

4. Complete and return the Absentee Ballot.
ABSENTEE BALLOTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE NOVEMBER 3 GENERAL ELECTION IN THE BEGINNING OF OCTOBER IN THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE.
View Memorandum regarding Preliminary Report for COVID-19 guidelines for polling locations.
For the most up-to-date State of New Hampshire Election Information from the Secretary of State of New Hampshire, click here.
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.

Important Notice:

Ward 3 residents will now vote at the Senior Activity Center at 125 Cottage Street (instead of Robert J. Lister Academy).

Ward 4 residents will now vote at Portsmouth High School, 50 Andrew Jarvis Drive (instead of the Dondero School).

If you have any questions, please contact the City Clerk's Office at (603) 610-7208 or via e-mail at cityclerk@cityofportsmouth.com.

Please click here to view Voting Ward Map

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SAMPLE BALLOTS - NOVEMBER 3, 2020 STATE GENERAL ELECTION

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WARD ONE                               

WARD TWO                     

WARD THREE                 

WARD FOUR                   

WARD FIVE                     

Board of Registrars

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Registrar At-Large Barbara Ward 16 Nixon Park 603 436-6142
Ward One Penny Reynolds 21 Prospect St. 603 430-1233
Ward Two Candace Thayer 175 Cabot St. 603 431-2410
Ward Three Angelynne Hinson 1180 Islington St. 603 431-9420
Ward Four Marcia Main 4 Cleveland Dr. 603 433-8843
Ward Five Laura Spelke 579 Sagamore Ave, #87 603 436-1626
Registrar Clerk Arthur Parrott 190 Grant Ave. 603 436-9256

 

The last day to register to vote prior to the November 3, 2020 General Election will be Wednesday, October 28, 2020 during regular hours in the City Clerk's Office and also during the Board of Registrar's Session             4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

 

ELECTION DAY VOTER REGISTRATION

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Voters may register at the polls on Election Day.

VOTING LOCATIONS

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Ward One - New Franklin School -1 Franklin Drive

  • Off Woodbury Avenue, between Anchorage Inn and Howard Johnson Hotel

Ward Two-Portsmouth Middle School -(Connie Bean Gymnasium Entrance)- 155 Parrott Avenue

  • Between the Library and Court House

Ward Three - Portsmouth Senior Activity Center- 125 Cottage Street (for the upcoming September 8, 2020 and November 3, 2020 Elections)

Ward Four - Portsmouth High School (for the upcoming September 8, 2020 and November 3, 2020 Elections) 

Ward Five - Little Harbour School - 50 Clough Drive (off of South Street)

HOW TO REGISTER TO VOTE

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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.

Alternate Options (other than above)

  1. You may register on Election Day.
  2. 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.

STATE SENATE AND STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICTS

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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