For Immediate Release
November 2, 2008
Assistant Attorney General James Kennedy
1-866-868-3703, (603) 271-3650
Secretary of State Bill Gardner and Attorney General Kelly Ayotte want every person who is qualified as a New Hampshire voter, to vote at New Hampshire's General Election on Tuesday November 4, 2008.
NHVotes is a new online Web site that provides information on election procedures and voting. NHVotes is available to voters, advocates, and election officials. This Web site was developed by the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and Justiceworks/Professor Andy Smith from UNH with a grant awarded by the PEW Charitable Trust and the JEHT Foundation, as part of the PEW Make Voting Work project. Voters, advocates, and members of the public may take a course designed for voters and may also view courses designed for election officials. New voters and those with questions about their rights, voting procedures, their rights to an accessible polling place, their rights to use the Accessible Voting System, or the election day registration process should visit:
We encourage the press/media to provide the people of New Hampshire with information on this online source for voting information and the following information on voting.
Voting in New Hampshire
Please vote November 4, 2008!
Voting can be quick and easy! New Hampshire has Election Day registration for voters. People who are qualified as New Hampshire voters may go to their local polling places on Election Day, register and vote. Municipal and State election officials have been planning for months to accommodate a record number of voters on November 4th, including a record number of people who will be registering to vote at the polls. Election officials will be available at every polling place to assist people with voter registration and the voting process.
People are encouraged to vote as early during Election Day as is convenient.
Most polling places are open from 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM.
A few polling places will open at 6:00 AM, some at 7:00 AM, and a very few as late as 11:00 AM.
A few polling places will remain open until 8:00 PM. Any voter planning to vote after 7:00 PM should make certain prior to Election Day that his or her town/city is one of the those that remain open until 8:00 PM.
Voters should check with their town/city Web site, clerk's office, or the Secretary of State's Web site to determine their polls' hours. http://www.sos.nh.gov/polling.htm
Every qualified voter who arrives at his or her polling place by the scheduled close of voting will be allowed to vote.
People with disabilities have a right to a physically accessible polling place and use of the Accessible Voting System, which allows voters with vision or other disabilities to vote privately and independently.
Any voter who because he or she cannot read or because of disability needs assistance to mark his or her ballot at the polling place, upon oath to the Moderator, is entitled to the assistance of a person of his or her choice, provided that person is not the voter's employer or union official.
People who are qualified as voters and who plan to vote on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, but have not yet registered to vote will need to prove their identities, that they are 18 years old or older, where their voting domicile is, and that they are citizens of the United States. Any reasonable means may be used to prove these qualifications. Following the suggestions below will make the voter registration process quicker and easier:
Any person who believes that his or her voting rights are being violated, or who believes that voting fraud, voter intimidation, or voter suppression is occurring should immediately contact the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office: toll free 1-866-868-3703 or (603) 271-3650.
If people who are able to do so vote earlier in the day, it will help allow those voters who must vote later in the day to be able to vote quickly.
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