Absentee Voters

As of 12/14/23 the Presidential Primary absentee ballots are available!

Please Note:  Windham has no wards

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

Contact us immediately if you discover that an absentee ballot request or your ballot has not been received by the office.  

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 does not go out in public. 
  • 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, childcare, 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.

Requesting an Absentee Ballot

To request an Absentee Ballot for the Presidential Primary please complete this request form.

To request an Absentee Ballot for the March Local Election, please complete this request form.

For voters requesting an absentee ballot via fax, email, or post mail, the deadline for our office to mail to them is 12pm the day before Election Day. 

You can also obtain an Absentee Ballot by submitting the request in person at the office up until 5pm the day before Election Day.     

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

To increase the likelihood the absentee ballot arrives on time, we recommend requesting and mailing your ballot back as soon as possible.

Returning Your Absentee Ballot

An absentee voter may mail their ballot, hand deliver to a Town Clerk staff member, or have a delivery agent deliver your ballot on behalf of you.  You may not leave your absentee ballot unattended, by dropping it off at the service counter for security and privacy reasons.  

Please note:  Due to safety and security, we don't have a drop box to submit your ballot.

If you are an absentee voter, that can't deliver your ballot yourself, you may acquire a delivery agent.  To see who qualifies as a delivery agent, see below:

Family members- spouse, parent, sibling, child, grandchild, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, stepparent, stepchild.

Nursing home/elder care facility administrators only designated in writing by the administrator to deliver ballots

Anyone assisting a voter with a disability who has signed a statement on the affidavit envelope acknowledging the assistance.   

The Delivery Agent will be required to complete a form and must bring their photo identification.  

Deadline for Absentee Ballots

The deadline for returning absentee ballots by the voter themselves in person is 5pm the day before the Election Day.  

Absentee ballots that are mailed to us or handed to us by a delivery agent will be accepted until 5pm on Election Day.  The Delivery Agent will be required to complete a form and must bring their photo identification.  

Military and Overseas Voters

For detailed information, and frequently asked questions go to: Request Absentee Ballot | New Hampshire Secretary of State (nh.gov) 

Absentee Voter Registration

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).