Voting Information

February 11, 2020 State Primary Election  View Results

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING PARTY AFFILIATION CHANGES:

Anyone wishing to make any changes to party affiliation  must do so between February 12, 2020 and June 2, 2020.  

The State Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 and therefore, party affiliation changes WILL NOT be accepted after June 2, 2020.   

Also, if you are an Undeclared voter voting at a Primary Election, you will be required to choose either a Democratic or Republican ballot to vote.  This is considered declaring a party affiliation.   To remain an Undeclared voter after casting your ballot, you must visit the Registrars Table at the polling location and sign your name on the Undeclared Voters list for your Ward.   If this step is not taken, you will be switched to the party of the ballot that you selected.

Those registered as either a Democrat or Republican during a Primary Election will not be allowed to choose a different ballot and will be handed the ballot to which they are affiliated.   These voters are not allowed to make any party change or become undeclared at the polls and must do so beginning the day after the Primary Election.

Finally, during the November 3, 2020 General Election, voters of any affiliation may choose to vote for any candidate of any party on the ballot.

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) 610-7208 or via e-mail at cityclerk@cityofportsmouth.com.

Please click here to view Voting Ward Map

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

 

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 - 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)

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.
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CRITERIA FOR RECEIVING ABSENTEE BALLOTS

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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.

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