Absentee Voters

To Request an Absentee Ballot for the State September Primary or for the November General  Election use this form

Who Can Obtain an Absentee Ballot

Please keep in mind you need to be a registered voter in order to obtain an Absentee Ballot.  The following voters can obtain an absentee ballot:

  • If you will be absent from Windham during the Election;
  • You cannot appear in public because of observance of a religious commitment;
  • You are unable to vote in person by reason of a physical disability; this would include any medical condition where medical advice is that the voter not go out in public.
       *   This includes a voter who is quarantined, including self- quarantine, for                     any reason related to Covid-19 (this includes concerns about exposure                     to infection or exposing others). 
    • Compliance with general medical advice issued to the public by health officials is sufficient, individualized advice from the voter’s personal physician is not required. Current general medical advice is that all household members of a person self-quarantined for cause, also self-quarantine. 
  • You cannot appear at any time during polling hours at my polling place because of an employment obligation. *For the purposes of this application, the term “employment” shall include the care of children and infirm adults, with or without compensation.
  • You are a victim of domestic violence, have an active protective order, or are participating in the Attorney General’s address confidentiality program; 
  • You are an emergency services worker called into service under the circumstances set forth in RSA 657:21-a.
  • * If the National Weather Service issues a winter storm warning, blizzard warning, or ice storm warning for Election day, then you may vote by absentee ballot on the Monday immediately prior to the Election (day before the election) if you meet any of the following criteria:
  •  You are elderly, infirm, or have a physical disability, and you have concerns for your safety traveling in the storm; or
  • You care for children or infirm adults and you reasonably anticipate that school, child care, or adult care will be canceled due to the storm, and you will  be deterred from voting by the need to care for children or infirm adults.
  • Any voter may request an absentee ballot for the September 2020 Primary and November 2020 General Elections based on concerns regarding COVID-19. 

You can obtain an Absentee Ballot by submitting a request for either by faxing it, or mailing it to the Town Clerk’s attention. Emailed forms can not be accepted at this time. 

We can’t issue ballots to anyone else but the voter themselves (not even relatives or spouses).

To increase the likelihood the absentee ballot arrives on time and assist with an expected high volume of absentee ballots, we recommend mailing it back to the office at least two weeks before the election.  

Submitting Your Absentee Ballot

To track your absentee ballot:  State of New Hampshire Voter Information website

Contact us immediately if your ballot has not been received by the office.  

Delivery Agents: 

See RSA 657:17: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/LXIII/657/657-17.htm 

Family members

Nursing home/elder care facility administrators

Anyone assisting a voter with a disability  

Deadline for Absentee Ballots

The deadline for returning absentee ballots by the voter themselves in person or delivery agent (bring your ID-additional form will need to be completed) is 5 p.m. the day (Monday) before the Election.

We will accept absentee ballots that are postmarked and mailed to us or given to us by a delivery agent (bring your ID- additional form will need to be completed) by 5 p.m. on Election Day.  

Military and Overseas Voters

For detailed information, and frequently asked questions go to: http://sos.nh.gov/uocavafaq.aspx 

Absentee Voter Registration

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 physical disability, religious beliefs, military service, or because of temporary absence, you may register by mail when any Election is approaching.   Contact townclerk@windhamnh.gov and give us a detailed request as to why you don’t have the ability to come in and register to vote in person. Include the address to where we shall mail the voter registration packet directly to you. 

This packet includes an affidavit, voter registration form, and other required 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 (by Election Day at 5:00pm), along with any supporting documents and the completed ballot (if applicable).