Election News and Information
Dates to Remember
State Primary Election Tuesday, September 8, 2020
General Election Tuesday, November 3, 2020
All voting will take place at the Bow Community Center, 3 Bow Center Road, Bow, NH
Voter Registration Information
Any Bow resident who is at least 18 years old, or who will be 18 on or before the next election day, may register to vote in person at the Town Clerk's Office at 10 Grandview Road, during regular office hours, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday up until the Supervisors meet which is 6-13 days before the election. Eligible voters may also register to vote with the Supervisors of the Checklist at the Polling Place on Election Day. You must bring a photo ID and if you do not have proof of residency and/or citizenship you can sign either a Domicile Affidavit or Qualified Voter Affidavit. Please call the Town Clerk's Office if you have any questions on the type of documentation required at 603-223-3980 or email email@example.com.
Last day to register to vote before the State Primary is September 1, 2020, at the Town Clerk's Office.
Voter Registration by Absentee (by Mail)
Due to COVID-19 you may request absentee voter registration forms and instructions from your clerk before requesting an absentee ballot. Supervisors of the Checklist must review and approve your application before you will be considered registered to vote.
If you are a college student away from home, who is not registered to vote, contact the Town Clerk's Office for an Absentee Voter's Registration Packet. You can call the office at 603-223-3980 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voting by Absentee Ballot
Request your absentee ballot from your Town as early as possible. Absentee ballot request forms can also be found on the Town of Bow website on the Elections page or use the link here http://bownh.gov/747/Vote-by-Absentee-Ballot
or at the NH Secretary of State website at http://sos.nh.gov/
New rules allow any NH voter with COVID-19 concerns to request an absentee ballot for the 2020 elections. On the ballot return affidavit envelope sign under Physical Disability. If you want you can hand write” COVID”. Please pick a party for the Primary Elections if you are Undeclared. If you have already declared a party you cannot change it now. The deadline to change party was June 2nd
You can use one absentee request form to request an absentee ballot for both the Primary and the General Election.
Only one Postage Stamp required to return the Absentee Ballot
Ballots can be returned at the Town Clerk's Office or at the Polling place on Election day. The Town Clerk's Office will be open on Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2020 for Absentee Ballot only.
It is the voter's responsibility to have the ballot back to the Bow Town Clerk's office in time for your vote to be counted. To increase the likelihood the absentee ballot arrives on time and to assist with an expected high volume of absentee ballots, we recommend mailing it at least two weeks before the election. Check the voter information lookup, absentee ballot link, to see if your clerk has received the request and mailed the ballot. Track your ballot at: http://app.sos.nh.gov
Overseas Citizens and Armed Forces Registration
Generally, all U.S. citizens 18 years or older who are or will be residing outside the United States during an election period are eligible to vote absentee in any election for Federal office. In addition, all members of the Uniformed Services, their family members, and members of the Merchant Marine and their family members, who are U.S. citizens, may vote absentee in Federal, state and local elections. The Federal Voting Assistance Program's website
is a good source of information for citizens covered by this program. For an armed service voter, "legal voting residence" can be the state or territory where you last resided prior to entering military service or the state or territory that you have since claimed as your legal residence. For overseas citizens, "legal state of residence" for voting purposes is the state or territory where you last resided immediately prior to your departure from the United States. For more specifics on determining voting residency please consult the Voting Assistance Guide Covid-19 related voting instructions from the Secretary of State at http://bownh.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4824/COVID-RELATED-VOTING-INSTRUCTIONS
Don't forget to review the Election protocols
that have been put in place for the upcoming elections. If you have any questions, please contact the Town Clerk's Office 603-223-3980.