Voting Information

The State Primary Election will be held February 11, 2020.

Absentee ballots are now available in the City Clerk's Office.  Click here for Absentee Ballot Application.  Please note: Application is two-sided document.


The Polling Hours for the February 11, 2020 Presidential Primary Election will be 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. as set by the City Council at the December 16, 2019 Council meeting.


WARD ONE - DEMOCRAT                                      WARD ONE - REPUBLICAN

WARD TWO - DEMOCRAT                                     WARD TWO - REPUBLICAN

WARD THREE - DEMOCRAT                                  WARD THREE - REPUBLICAN

WARD FOUR - DEMOCRAT                                    WARD FOUR - REPUBLICAN

WARD FIVE - DEMOCRAT                                      WARD FIVE - REPUBLICAN


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) 610-7208 or via e-mail at

Please click here to view Voting Ward Map

Board of Registrars

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  
Registrar Clerk Arthur Parrott 190 Grant Ave. 603 436-9256

The Board of Registrars will be meeting on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 9:30a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in regular session.

The Board of Registrars will be meeting on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in a special session at Portsmouth City Hall to accept voter registrations and changes to address and name.  This will be the last chance to register to vote prior to the February 11, 2020 Presidential Primary election.   NO PARTY AFFILIATION CHANGES can be accepted until after the February 11, 2020 primary election. 

Please note:  Voter registration will also be accepted by the City Clerk's Office during regular business hours until Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.   

Finally, Voters may also register at the polls on Election Day.




Voters may register at the polls on Election Day.



Ward One - New Franklin School -1 Franklin Drive

  • Due to the closure of the Woodbury Avenue Bridge there is a detour in place for all traffic to access the New Franklin School on Election Day.  This route is the plan from the Department of Transportation.  Stark Street now allows two-way traffic.  Franklin Drive will be open as usual to two-way traffic.  Myrtle Avenue will also be open to traffic to access New Franklin School from the rear of the building.

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

  • Between the Library and Court House

Ward Three - Sherburne School (Robert J. Lister Academy) -35 Sherburne Road

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

Ward Four - Dondero Elementary School - 32 Van Buren Avenue (Off Lafayette Road (US RTE 1) onto McKinley Road Then right onto Van Buren Avenue)

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



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:


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.


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.




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 cannot appear at any time during polling hours because of an employment obligation. The term "employment" shall include the care of children and infirm adults, with or without compensation.



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