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Breaking News on Voting in 2020

Aug 9, 2020 | COVID 19, Register to Vote, Voting, Voting Absentee

When and Where to Vote In Derry

Since Derry schools will be in session on September 8 and the middle schools will be using the gymnasiums as classrooms due to Covid-19, the Derry Town Council has voted to have Calvary Bible Church at 145 Hampstead Road be the only in-person voting location for the Primary on September 8. They also voted to have Pinkerton Academy, 5 Pinkerton Street, be the only in-person voting location for the General Election on November 3. Polls for both elections will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Expected Turnout

At the current rate of applications for absentee ballots, estimates are that approximately 3,000 to 4,000 voters will choose to vote in-person in September. For the general election, if the number of applications for absentee ballots stay at the same rate or increase slightly, we can expect 15,000 to 16,000 in-person voters in November.

Election officials are doing everything they can to process voters as quickly and safely as possible. Masks will be encouraged for both election workers and voters. Disposable masks will be available at the polling place for voters who do not bring their own. To keep everyone safe, election officials will be enforcing social distancing and frequent sanitation during the elections. Thus, the chances of long lines are significant.

Option to Vote Absentee

Election officials are urging anyone who has any concern about the Covid-19 pandemic to vote absentee. Absentee voting is available for qualified voters as well as any voter who is concerned about exposure to Covid-19. See How to Vote Absentee.

Getting Registered

If you are not registered to vote in Derry, you can register in-person at the Town Clerk’s office or by mail prior to election day or at the polls on election day. Read more about Registering to Vote.