Local and State Elections

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The next election is
November 6, 2018.

At this time, candidates for state and federal offices will be on the ballot.

A Sample Ballot for the 11/6 election is available here.



Elections are free and open to all citizens 18 and over.  The following provides information on how, where and when to vote.

How do I register?  |  How do I vote Absentee?  |  Where do I vote?


How do I register?  

Salem’s Supervisors of the Checklist (“Supervisors”) administer voter registration.

Voter registration applications can picked up submitted at the Town Clerk’s office, Town Hall, 33 Geremonty Drive, during regular business hours.  The Supervisors will hold additional special hours just before elections and before the beginning of a filing period.  Voter registration closes 10 days before an election, however New Hampshire permits same day voter registration at the polling places

You are required to show proof of age, residency and citizenship. Acceptable forms of proof of age include a driver's license, passport or birth certificate.  A driver's license, utility bill or other mailed correspondence is acceptable for proof of residency. A passport, birth certificate or Naturalization papers are proof of citizenship. Citizenship and residency affidavits are available if you cannot provide necessary documentation.

When you register to vote you are registered for all elections and town and school meetings.


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How do I vote Absentee?


The following are reasons for which one is eligible to vote absentee:

  1. Absence from Town on election day or during polling hours.
  2. Observance of a religious commitment.
  3. By reason of a physical disability.

Obtaining an Absentee Ballot

An Official Absentee Ballot request form may be obtained at the Town Clerk’s office either in person or by mail.  Voters may write a letter of request for an absentee ballot. 

Official request forms may also be downloaded here: State Elections | Town Elections.

All requests require a signature. If you are a Salem voter, mail your request to:

Salem Town Clerk
33 Geremonty Drive
Salem NH 03079

If you are requesting an absentee ballot for a partisan election, please be sure to indicate whether you want a Republican or Democratic ballot if you are an undeclared voter. If you are affiliated with a party, you will be mailed the ballot of that party. Please contact your town clerk to confirm your party affiliation.


Returning your Ballot

Make your vote count! Carefully follow the instructions enclosed with your ballot.

After marking your ballot, place it in the small envelope and seal the envelope, sign the affidavit and return it to the Town Clerk’s office. Affix postage (60 cents domestic) and mail the envelope so that it is received before 5:00 PM on election day. If the ballot is hand delivered personally by the voter it must be received by 5:00 PM the day before the election. No personally delivered ballots will be accepted on election day.


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Where do I vote?


The official inventory of streets and polling places can be found here. 

Click on the map below for interactive guidance.  Enter a street address or zoom to your residence then click to find polling information.

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