~~~NEW POLLING LOCATIONS~~~
On June 23, 2016, the Town Council voted to establish three polling locations in Town.
The polling locations are:
(***Please note: The site is a State of NH site which does not display local election information. All local elections in Merrimack are held at THE SAME location as state elections.)
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.
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.
For more voter information regarding voter registration please click on this link:http://sos.nh.gov/nhsos_content.aspx?id=8589972818
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:
Tuesday, February 20th from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 3rd from 11:00 AM to noon. This is the last date to register to
vote prior to the School and Town Deliberative sessions.
Saturday, March 17th from 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM. This is the last date to
register to vote prior to the Merrimack Village District annual meeting.
Saturday, March 31st from 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Filing Period for Town Offices - February 21 to March 2, 2018
Offices to be Elected at Town Meeting, April 10, 2017:
3 Councilors for 3 years
1 Councilor for 1 year
2 Ethics Committee Members for 3 years
2 Library Trustees for 3 years -updated 2/21/18 - one position is appointed
1 Moderator for 2 years
1 Supervisor of the Checklist for 6 years
1 Town Clerk/Tax Collector for 3 years
1 Trustee of the Trust Funds for 3 years
Candidates must file with the Town Clerk to have their name placed on the ballot and must be a registered voter and 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)
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:
March 14, 2018 - Town Meeting Deliberative Session
April 10, 2018 - Town Meeting Voting Day
September 11, 2018 - State Primary Election
November 6, 2018 - General Election
Sample Ballot: Sample ballots for upcoming elections/voting days will be posted and can be viewed, when they become available, by clicking below.
Absentee ballots for the April 10th Town Meeting/Voting Day are now available.
New Hampshire law requires that you vote in person at the polling place for your town or ward unless you:
- Plan to be absent on the day of the election from the city, town, or unincorporated place in which you are registered to vote.
- Cannot appear in public on election day because of observance of a religious commitment.
- Are unable to vote in person due to a disability.
- 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. An employment obligation includes the care of children and infirm adults with or without compensation.
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 must be returned by 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: http://app.sos.nh.gov/Public/AbsenteeBallot.aspx
Current voter ID requirements can be found here: http://sos.nh.gov/VoterID.aspx
For more information regarding elections and voting, please visit the NH Secretary of State's website at: http://sos.nh.gov/Elections.aspx
|Supervisors of the Checklist membership information can be viewed by clicking HERE|