Elections & Voting

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The Town of Merrimack operates under a town charter form of government and follows NH RSA 40:13, also known as SB2 for budgetary and monetary items. SB2 is an “Official Ballot” form of government that encompasses a two-part session. The first session held in March is a traditional town meeting with discussion of warrant articles only. Articles can be amended at this session; however, voting on these articles does not take place until the second session. The second session, held in April, is all day ballot voting on the articles as well as election of town officers.

Town Meeting (first session of SB2) is held in the All-Purpose Room of the James Mastricola Upper Elementary School, located at 26 Baboosic Lake Road. The time of the meeting is posted with the warrant.

The polls are open from 7:00 AM. to 7:00 P.M. for all state and local elections.

Polling location(s) are determined at least 30 days prior to an election.  The polling location for the April 12th town and school election/meeting will be the James Mastricola Upper Elementary School located at 26 Baboosic Lake Road.

VOTER REGISTRATION:

In order to participate in local or state elections and meetings, you must be registered to vote. You must register to vote in person and may register to vote at the Town Clerk’s Office or at the polls on an election (not meeting) day. You must be 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen, and domiciled in the Town. You must present proof of age, I.D., domicile and citizenship.

If you are unable to produce any of these items, you may fill out an affidavit. You may register to vote immediately after establishing a domicile in the Town.

For more voter information or to see if you are a registered voter in the Town of Merrimack you may conduct a search by using this link: http://sos.nh.gov/VoteInforLook.aspx

Voter Registration Sessions:  Voter registration applications may be completed at the Town Clerk's office during our normal business hours of 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.   Once completed, the application is forwarded to the Supervisors of the Checklist, who will need to accept the application before you are considered a registered voter.

In addition, the Supervisors of the Checklist will hold voter registration sessions on the following dates and times:

Saturday, April 2nd 11:00 - 11:30 AM

Voter ID - During the 2012 legislative session the legislature passed a "Voter ID" law.  Current voter ID requirements can be found here: http://sos.nh.gov/VoterID.aspx

Important Upcoming Election Dates:

Town Meeting - Deliberative Session - March 10, 2016 7:00 PM  
          at JMUES (snow date, March 11, 2016)
Town Meeting/Voting Day - April 12, 2016
State Primary Election - September 13, 2016
November General Election - November 8, 2016
 

Filing Period: Filing Period for Town Offices - Wednesday, February 24, 2016 to Friday, March 4, 2016.

To be elected:
2 Councilors for 3 years
2 Ethics Committee Members for 3 years
1 Library Trustee for 3 years
1 Trustee of Trust Funds for 3 years
1 Moderator for 2 years
1 Supervisor of the Checklist for 6 years

Candidates wishing to have their name placed on the ballot  for election at town meeting must file with the Town Clerk.  They must be a registered voter and be domiciled in Merrimack (RSA 669:6, 669:19). Candidates for Town Council must also have been domiciled in Merrimack for at least one year (Town Charter Article 3-4, C)
 

Sample Ballot:  Sample ballots for upcoming elections/voting days will be posted and can be viewed, when they become available, by clicking below.

  • Please see the link below to view the 2016 Town Sample Ballot.

Absentee Ballots:

Absentee ballots for the Town Meeting are now available.

New Hampshire law requires that you vote in person at the polling place for your town or ward unless you:

  1. Plan to be absent on the day of the election from the city, town, or unincorporated place in which you are registered to vote.
  2. Cannot appear in public on election day because of observance of a religious commitment.
  3. Are unable to vote in person due to a disability.
  4. Cannot appear at any time during polling hours at your polling place because an employment obligation requires you to remain physically at work or to be in transit to or from work from the time the polls open until after the time the polls close.

Absentee ballots can be requested up until 5:00 PM the day before the election.  Ballots can be requested in person, through the mail, or by fax.  An official form can be used by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

Please allow sufficient mailing time if requesting through the mail or fax.  Requests for absentee ballot should be mailed to: Town Clerk, Attn: Absentee Ballots, 6 Baboosic Lake Rd, Merrimack, NH 03054

Ballots must be returned either in person by the voter or an immediate family member, or through the mail.  Ballots returned in person must be delivered by 5:00 PM the day before the election.  Ballots can be accepted in the mail until 5:00 PM on election day.  

If returning a ballot in person please allow sufficient time to do so.  You will now be required to show ID.  Ballots returned by immediate family members will also require the completion of an  affidavit in order for the ballot to be counted.  The town clerk's office highly recommends the return of a ballot through the mail to avoid waiting in anticipated long lines.

Ballots not returned in person or through the mail will NOT be counted.  Do not leave a ballot in the drop box, "dropped" at the window counter without a staff member waiting on you, or slipped under the door. These will NOT be counted.

Absentee Ballot Status can be checked by clicking on this link:

Current voter ID requirements can be found here: http://sos.nh.gov/VoteInforLook.aspx

For more information regarding elections and voting, please visit the NH Secretary of State's website at: http://sos.nh.gov/Elections.aspx

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