Preprocessing of Absentee Ballots
The NH Legislature has authorized early processing of absentee ballots for the 2020 elections. The Town Moderator has not yet announced if there will be early processing in Derry prior to the Nov 3 General Election. If there is pre-processing of absentee ballots, challenges must be made during that time. There will not be another opportunity to challenge a pre-processed ballot on election day. Any ballot received after the pre-processing is completed will be processed at the polls on November 3 and can be challenged at that time. Check the Town Clerk’s website for updates on pre-processing of absentee ballots.
It is important to get your ballot to the Town Clerk before October 28 because that will give you time to correct any problems before November 3 or vote in person on November 3.
How To Vote Absentee
- Download an absentee ballot application here or ask for one from the Town Clerk at (603) 432-6105 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- If your reason for voting absentee is Covid-19, check “Concern for Covid-19” or “Disability” as the reason for requesting an absentee ballot. Click here to read more about voting absentee due to concern about Covid-19.
- Return the application by mail or in person to the Town Clerk. Since absentee ballots are available now, you can expect to receive a ballot by mail in 2-3 business days or if you return the application in person, you can pick up the absentee ballot immediately.
- Complete the ballot by marking your choices for all the offices on the ballot.
- Place the ballot in the affidavit envelope, complete and sign the affidavit on the envelope. Read more about the affidavit envelope here.
- Place the ballot in the sealed affidavit envelope, then in the mailing envelope, affix one first class stamp, and drop it in a mailbox.
- Alternatively, you can seal your ballot in the affidavit envelope and sign and seal the affidavit envelope in the mailing envelope and deliver the ballot in person or have a close relative deliver the ballot envelope to the Town Clerk. You must deliver the ballot to the Town Clerk or his designee. A ballot left at the Town Hall when no one is around will be rejected. The Town Clerk will be at the Town Hall during regular office hours in October and until 5 p.m. on Nov 2 to receive absentee ballots.
- To alleviate any concern you have that your ballot will be lost or not counted, track your ballot on line every step of the way at Absentee Ballot Status. To make sure your ballot was accepted during pre-processing, check Saturday afternoon October 31.
- For more information on voting absentee go to VoteNH2020 or call the Town Clerk at (603) 432-6105 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
With the expected increase in absentee voting this year, it is important to mail in your absentee ballot as soon as you can. It is never too early. DON’T PROCRASTINATE.