Voting Information

Click here for 2020 Absentee Ballot Application (Please note the application has 2 pages)


Party Affiliation changes are now closed until September 9, 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the New Hampshire Secretary of State has provided guidance on additional provisions for voters in upcoming elections. The Secretary of State's memorandum can be viewed here.

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.


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



Due to  COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the criteria for receiving an absentee ballot for the September 8, 2020 State Primary and November 3, 2020 General Election has changed.  Anyone may request an absentee ballot for either or both elections by filling out and submitting an application.  If you are voting absentee due to concerns regarding COVID-19, you should select "I am unable to appear in person due to a disability" as the reason for requesting your ballot.   

Also, if you want to vote absentee ballot for both elections, you must submit an application for each election. Click here for 2020 Absentee Ballot Application (Please note the application has 2 pages)

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, #87 603 436-1626
Registrar Clerk Arthur Parrott 190 Grant Ave. 603 436-9256


The Board of Registrars of Voters of the City of Portsmouth will be meeting in public session on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. to register voters, update voter information, and party affiliation changes.  Please note that this will be the last day to change party affiliation prior to the September 8, 2020 State Primary Election.




Voters may register at the polls on Election Day.



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)



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.




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