Absentee Ballot Information
Any Bedford voter wishing to complete an absentee ballot application, please print off the below application and either mail to the Town Clerk's Office,24 North Amherst Road, Bedford, NH 03110 or hand deliver. You can also fax the application to 603-472-4573 or you scan and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please make sure you sign the application before submitting it to our office. Any incomplete applications will be rejected. Please note, if you need an absentee ballot for separate elections, this will require you to complete two applications, one for each election.
If you have any questions, please contact our office at 603-472-3550 ext. 2.
Any registered voter who is absent from the town on the day of an election, who cannot appear in public because of an observance of a religious commitment, or who is unable to vote in person by reasons of a physical disability, may vote by absentee ballot. A person who is unable to appear at any time during polling hours at his or her polling place because an employment obligation requires the person 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 shall be considered absent from the town. (NH RSA 657:1)
A Bedford voter's request for an absentee ballot must be made in writing and mailed, faxed or scanned to the Town clerk. The request must be signed by the person requesting the ballot and needs to include that person's legal residence (not a post office box) and an address where the voter would like to have the ballot mailed. For your convenience, a link to an absentee ballot request form is posted at the top of this page. Absentee ballots will be available approximately 30 days prior to the date of an election.
It is important to note the following in regards to absentee voting:
Make sure you carefully follow the instructions enclosed with your ballot. After marking your ballot, place it in the small envelope and seal said envelope, then sign the affidavit which fits your particular situation. After you have signed the proper affidavit with your full name, place this envelope into the mailing envelope. If this envelope is not returned in the mailing envelope, you ballot will not be counted. If mailing, affix the proper postage and place in the mail. It has to be received, in the mail, no later than 5:00 p.m. on election day.
An absentee voter can deliver his or her own ballot in person to the Town Clerk, during regular business hours, until the day before an election.
Hand-delivered ballots may be dropped off by the voter or delivered by the voter's spouse, parent, sibling or child to the Town Clerk from whom it was sent. The Town Clerk shall not accept an absentee ballot from a family member unless the family member completes a form, provided by the Secretary of State, and the family member presents a government issued photo identification or has his or her identity verified by the Town Clerk. Forms are located at the Bedford Town Office Building.
Hand-delivered absentee ballots will not be accepted at the Town Clerk's Office on election day. Voters who are present in the Town on election day must go to the polls to vote. The absentee ballot should be disposed of since election officials are not authorized to accept absentee ballots at the polls. Instead, a regular ballot will be issued at the checklist table.
Ballots received by mail after 5 p.m. on election day will not be counted (per RSA 657:22).
Voters can track the status of their absentee ballot by visiting the Secretary of State's, State of New Hampshire, Voter Information Look-up Page and selecting the Absentee Ballot Search. https://app.sos.nh.gov.