Upcoming Elections and Important dates
January 20th-January 29, 2021- Local Candidacy Filing Period-
Please note: in order to file for any local positions, you will have to file with the Town Clerk's office. On the last day of filing, the office will be open until 5pm.
Available 2021 positions below:
Board of Selectmen- 2 positions for 3 years
Town Clerk- 1 position for 3 years
Treasurer- 1 position for 3 years
Trustee of the Trust Fund- 1 position for 3 years
Trustee of the Cemetery- 1 position for 3 years
Planning Board- 2 positions for 3 years
Board of Adjustment- 2 positions for 3 years
Trustee of the Library- 2 positions for 3 years
February 6, 2021- Town Deliberative Session 9am at Windham High School Auditorium
March 9, 2021- Local Election 7am-8pm at Windham High School Gymnasium
Windham High School- 64 London Bridge Road, Windham NH.
Please note: We do not have any wards at this time.
Changing your address
It is required that if you move within Town, that you change your address on the voter checklist. You may come into the Town Clerk’s office during regular business hours to do so. You will be required to fill out a form and prove domicile to the new location. You may also change your address at any scheduled supervisor of the checklist meeting.
Change of name
If a voter’s name has changed, due to marriage, divorce or a legal name change, this change must be done in person at our office. Please bring with you the proof of the name change, i.e. certified marriage certificate, certified court order. You may also change your name at any scheduled supervisor of the checklist meeting.
Registering to Vote
You may register to vote any time during regular business hours at the Town Clerk’s office. You may also register to vote at any scheduled supervisor of the checklist meeting, and NH also has same day voter registration.
To be eligible to register and vote in New Hampshire a person must be:
- 18 years of age or older on election day;
- A United States Citizen; and
- Domiciled in the town or ward where the person seeks to vote.
To register, you will need to provide documents that prove your identity, age, and citizenship.
- A driver’s license or non-driver ID from any state satisfies proof of identity and age.
- A birth certificate, U.S. Passport/Passcard, and naturalization documents satisfies citizenship.
If you do not have these, you can prove your identity, age, and/or citizenship, by signing a Qualified Voter Affidavit, under oath, in front of an election official.
You will also need to provide documentation to prove that you are domiciled in the place where you intend to vote. There are many types of documents that will satisfy this requirement. A few examples are listed below:
- A New Hampshire driver’s license or non-driver ID showing your current address;
- A rental agreement, lease, or similar document that shows your name and the address of your domicile. The document must show that you are domiciled at the address on Election Day.
- A document showing that you own the place you are domiciled at, such as a deed, property tax bill, or other similar document that has your name and address.
- A New Hampshire motor vehicle registration reflecting the domicile.
- A voter photo ID issued by the NH Division of Motor Vehicles at no cost to you. To obtain a photo ID card, that can only be used for voting purposes, ask your town or city clerk or the Secretary of State’s office for a voucher and present it to the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Information on the documents you will need to present to the DMV is available here: https://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/dmv/forms/documents/identification-residency-uscitizen-non-compliant.pdf
- Any state or federal tax form, other government form, or government issued identification that shows your name and your domicile address.
- A public utility bill, such as such as an electric, telephone, water, gas, or other utility bill, with your name and address on it.
- A note from the person who owns, leases, rents, or manages/supervises the property where you are domiciled, confirming that you live there, which could include a family member or roommate. Any document containing the information is sufficient provided that in includes the statement that “providing false information is a violation of New Hampshire law under penalty of voting fraud.”
- You may also use any other document that shows some action you have taken to carry out your intent to make the place you claim your voting domicile.
If you have any questions about what will be sufficient proof of domicile, you may call or visit the Town Clerk’s office.
The supervisors of the checklist sit prior to all Elections for new voters, change of party, etc. Their hours are posted in the local paper, Town Hall, and on the town website. Same Day Voter Registration can also be completed at the polls on the day of the election.
Military and Overseas Voters
For detailed information, and frequently asked questions go to: http://sos.nh.gov/uocavafaq.aspx
Absentee Voter Registration
To view the memo released by the Secretary of State and Attorney General relative to absentee voting during Covid-19, view here.
COVID-19 related changes:
Registering to vote and voting in person at 2020 elections may pose a health risk to some due to the COVID-19 health emergency. You may register if:
• You are ill due to COVID-19, or caring for someone with COVID-19/symptoms; or
• You are concerned that registering or voting in person will expose you or others to COVID-19.
The term "disability" in the election law extends to these circumstances. Even if you do not consider yourself a person with disability in other circumstances, this term applies for registering to vote and voting in 2020. The opportunity to register and vote absentee due to disability from COVID-19 will apply in 2020, regardless of the future development of the public health crisis. You must sign the "disability" affidavit on the forms for absentee registration and absentee voting.
You may request absentee voter registration forms and instructions from the office before requesting an absentee ballot. Supervisors of the checklist must review your application; and are required to meet on a date 6 to 13 days before the September 8, 2020 Primary, and again before the November 3, 2020 General Election. Unless the supervisors hold voluntary sessions before then, the supervisors will review your application at that meeting. You are registered to vote when the supervisors approve the application.
If you request an absentee ballot and are not registered, the office will send you both your absentee ballot (if available) and your absentee voter registration forms and instructions.
If you meet the state’s requirements and qualifications and are unable to register in person because of disability, religious beliefs, military service, or because of temporary absence, you may register by mail, when an Election is approaching. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request an absentee voter registration packet to be mailed to you. This packet includes an affidavit, voter registration form, and other important documents that you must read and complete in its entirety. The absentee voter registration affidavit must be witnessed by another individual, and the absentee ballot request must be completed in full and mailed back to the office, along with any supporting documents and completed ballot (if applicable).
For more information about Elections please visit the State’s Elections website.