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Voting Access Scorecard - New Hampshire

The Franchise Project’s Voting Access Scorecard ranks how accessible voting is in New Hampshire. The Voting Access Scorecard measures the accessibility of American elections by analyzing state election laws and practices. Each state’s performance is based on 30 measurable metrics shown to affect accessibility and foster participation. All metrics are weighted equally to fairly assess all states and their practices. If answered in the affirmative, each metric is worth 1 point, for a total of 30 points. Note that if a practice varies by county or municipality, e.g. the number of early voting locations in Wisconsin, the state only received 0.5 points for that metric. Note: Y=Yes, N=No, and V=Varies by Municipality/County.

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Overall score: 9 / 30

Y=Yes, N=No, V=Varies by County/Municipality

State registration deadline is the Friday before Election Day or later
NH Rev. Stat. 654:7-a: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/LXIII/654/654-7-a.htm
Y
State offers Election Day registration
NH Rev. Stat. 654:7-a: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/LXIII/654/654-7-a.htm
Y
State has automatic registration
New Hampshire Secretary of State: http://sos.nh.gov/voterregfaq.aspx
N
State does NOT create barriers to voter registration by third parties (e.g. allows third party registration, does not require registration drive training or notification)
Voter registration drives are not allowed in New Hampshire. New Hampshire Secretary of State: http://sos.nh.gov/nhsos_content.aspx?id=26190
N
State does NOT impose fines or criminal penalties for negligent/accidential voter registration mistakes
Voter registration drives are not allowed in New Hampshire. New Hampshire Secretary of State: http://sos.nh.gov/nhsos_content.aspx?id=26190
Y
State offers early voting/in-person absentee voting in multiple locations per municipality/county
New Hampshire Secretary of State: http://sos.nh.gov/RegVote.aspx
N
State offers early voting/in-person absentee voting during evenings and/or weekends
New Hampshire Secretary of State: http://sos.nh.gov/RegVote.aspx
N
State allows no-excuse early voting/in-person absentee voting
New Hampshire Secretary of State: http://sos.nh.gov/RegVote.aspx
N
State holds all elections entirely by mail
New Hampshire Secretary of State: http://sos.nh.gov/RegVote.aspx
N
State does NOT require an excuse to vote by mail
New Hampshire Secretary of State: http://sos.nh.gov/RegVote.aspx
N
State deadline to return absentee ballot is NO earlier than Election Day (via any type of delivery)
The ballot must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Election Day (by mail) or 5:00 p.m. on the day before Election Day (in person). New Hampshire Secretary of State: http://sos.nh.gov/RegVote.aspx
N
State allows all voters to sign up to vote by absentee permanently
New Hampshire Secretary of State: http://sos.nh.gov/RegVote.aspx
N
State allows voters to request vote by mail ballot online
New Hampshire Secretary of State: http://sos.nh.gov/RegVote.aspx
N
State allows voters to register online
New Hampshire Secretary of State: http://sos.nh.gov/RegVote.aspx
N
State allows voters to check their Election Day polling location online
New Hampshire Secretary of State: https://app.sos.nh.gov/Public/PollingPlaceSearch.aspx
Y
State allows voters to check their vote by mail status online
New Hampshire Secretary of State: https://app.sos.nh.gov/Public/AbsenteeBallot.aspx
Y
State does NOT require a Photo ID to vote on Election Day
New Hampshire Secretary of State: http://sos.nh.gov/VoterID.aspx
N
State does NOT require a Photo ID to vote early or by mail
New Hampshire Secretary of State: http://sos.nh.gov/VoterID.aspx
N
If ID required, State allows voter to vote through alternative process that does not require voter action (Note: full points received if no ID required at all)
Voter who fails to show ID and is not verified by moderator/supervisor must execute challenged voter affidavit; after the election, the voter will receive a verification letter requesting confirmation that you voted in the election. If the voter does not respond in writing to the Secretary of State within 90 days of the date it was mailed, the Attorney General will conduct an investigation to determine whether fraudulent voting occurred. New Hampshire Secretary of State: http://sos.nh.gov/VoterID.aspx
Y
During voter maintenance process, if address has not changed, state allows voter to simply mail back confirmation form
Superviser may either simply strike registrant from the list when he or she receives a report that the voter has changed his or her address or may send a 30-day notice letter. NH Rev. Stat. § 654:36-b: http://law.justia.com/codes/new-hampshire/2015/title-lxiii/chapter-654
N
State is NOT a member of Interstate Crosscheck
Bryan Caskey, Kansas Secretary of State, Director of Elections (email communication, May 24, 2017)
N
State is Member of ERIC
ERIC, http://www.ericstates.org/whowear John Lindback, ERIC Executive Director (email communication, May 25, 2017)
N
State refused to comply with the Pence-Kobach voter registration data request
WMUR: http://www.wmur.com/article/sununu-gardner-say-nh-will-turn-over-public-voter-information-to-trump-election-commission/10246459
N
State allows individuals to vote when their sentence is complete
NH Rev. Stat. § 607-A:2: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/LIX/607-A/607-A-2.htm
Y
State allows individuals to vote during their term of incarceration
NH Rev. Stat. § 607-A:2: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/LIX/607-A/607-A-2.htm
N
State allows individuals to vote after incarceration, while on probation or parole
NH Rev. Stat. § 607-A:2: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/LIX/607-A/607-A-2.htm
Y
State voting technology requires a paper trail
NH Rev. Stat. § 656:41: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/LXIII/656/656-mrg.htm
Y
State requires poll worker training
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 652:22: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/lxiii/652/652-mrg.htm; New Hampshire Secretary of State, Procedure Manual: http://sos.nh.gov/Election_Laws.aspx
N
State law requires voting machines to meet federal standards, testing by a federally accredited laboratory, or federal certification
New Hampshire Secretary of State, Procedure Manual, page 26-27: http://sos.nh.gov/Election_Laws.aspx
N
State provides readily accessible voting technology information
New Hampshire Secretary of State: http://sos.nh.gov/Elections.aspx
N

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