Voter Registration

REGISTERING TO VOTE ABSENTEE

Registering to vote and/or voting in person at 2020 elections may pose a health risk to some due to the COVID-19 health emergency. You may register and vote by absentee (by mail) 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.  

You may register to vote absentee (by mail) if you have COVID-19 concerns.  Please contact Sally Kellar, Town Clerk, to request an absentee voter registration packet. 

skellar@bedfordnh.org

603-472-3550 x2

REGISTERING TO VOTE IN PERSON

In New Hampshire, there are no restrictions on the rights of U.S. citizens, who will be at least 18 years of age on the date of the next election, to register to vote.

In Bedford, residents may register at the Bedford Town Office Building , 24 North Amherst Street, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Please click here to for Voter Registration information and documents needed in order to register to vote in New Hampshire.

In New Hampshire, no one is permitted to register to vote during the 10 days prior to an election. This allows the Supervisors of the Checklist time to update and print the checklists that will be used at the polls on election day.

You may, however, register to vote on election day at the polls. Registering on election day and then voting will require you to wait in two lines: one to register and one to vote. You will save time by registering earlier.


In New Hampshire, only residents who are temporarily absent from the City (such as college students or overseas citizens) and residents who are physically disabled and unable to come to the Office of the City Clerk or the polling place to register, may do so by mail. Please click here for an absentee ballot request. Read the form carefully and check all that apply. Mail, scan or fax the request and voter registration forms will be sent to you.  If you are in the military or an overseas voter you may download the FEDERAL POST CARD and return it to the Town Clerk. The FEDERAL POST CARD is good for one year and can be used for both voter registration and absentee ballot requests.

NAME, ADDRESS & PARTY CHANGES

 Due to Executive Order #43, Temporary Modifications to requirements for Change of Party Affiliation was issued May 13, 2020.  Party changes do not need to be done in person. In addition, there are periods of time when state law does not permit a change of party (generally from the first date of a filing period until the day after the primary election). Please call the Town Clerk if you have any questions.  All voters wishing to change their party will have to wait until the Wednesday after the State Primary.  The deadline to change party affiliation before the September 8, 2020 Primary Election was June 2, 2020.

Address changes from one Bedford residence to another Bedford address must be made in person at the Bedford Town Office Building. We will require proof of your new address in the form of a lease, utility bill, current postmarked mail or payroll stub. 

Name changes (due to marriage, for example) must be made in person at the Bedford Town Office Building. You will need to bring proof of the name change (for example: certified marriage certificate or certified court order) or you can complete a Qualified Voter Affidavit.