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Voting Information

Click on the below links for more voting information.


Please click here to view a listing of wards by street name and numbers.

Please Note: Due to recent redistricting, your Ward may have changed. Notifications were sent through the mail informing those affected by the change and informing them of their new polling location.

Please be sure that your address is accurately listed on the checklist to avoid problems on Election Day. Remember, you must vote in the ward where you reside.

If you have any questions as to your ward, please contact the office at
603-610-7245 and we will assist you.

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Information Required

When determining the qualifications of an applicant, the supervisors of the checklist, or the town or city clerk, shall require the applicant to present proof of citizenship, age, and domicile, as provided in the following categories:


The supervisors of the checklist, or the town or city clerk, shall accept from the applicant any one of the following as proof of citizenship: the applicant's birth certificate, a passport, naturalization papers if the applicant is a naturalized citizen, a citizenship affidavit, or any other reasonable documentation which indicates the applicant is a United States citizen.


Any reasonable documentation indicating the applicant is 18 years of age or older.


Any reasonable documentation which indicates that the applicant has a domicile and intends to maintain a domicile, as defined in State of New Hampshire RSA's, in the town, city or ward in which he or she desires to vote, or if the applicant does not have reasonable documentation in his or her possession at the place and time of voter registration, an affidavit may be completed.

No post office box addresses or business addresses are accepted.


Alternate Options (other than above)
  1. You may register on Election Day.
  1. If you meet the state's voter requirements and qualifications and are unable to register in person because of physical disability, military service, or because of temporary absence, you may register by mail. You should request an Absentee Registration Affidavit and a Voter Registration Card from the City Clerk. The Absentee Registration Affidavit must be witnessed and then both the affidavit and the voter registration card are to be returned to the City Clerk.

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  • Municipal Election - November 5, 2013


  • The filing period for the Municipal Election will begin Monday August 26, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. and will end Monday September 16, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.


  • Qualified voter in the City of Portsmouth
  • Resident of the City for at least two (2) years immediately preceding the election
  • May not hold any other Municipal Office one Elected
  • A filing fee of $5.00 or submittal of a petition with fifty (50) signatures of qualified voters in the City.

Partisan Ward Officials Declaration of Candidacy (Moderator, Clerk, Selectman, Registrar of Voters) will also be accepted during this time.  These candidates however, will be decided by Party Caucus.  The filing fee is $1.00

  • Positions that will be available:
  • (9) City Councilors-at-large
  • (5) School Board Members-at-large
  • (2) Fire Commissioners
  • (2) Police Commissioners
  • (1) Board of Registrar-at-large
  • (1) Registrar-each of the 5 Wards
  • (1) Moderator-each of the 5 Wards
  • (1) Clerk-each of the 5 Wards
  • (3) Selectman-each of the 5 Wards


The polling hours for the Municipal Election, November 5, 2013, will be 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Voters may register at the polls on Election Day.


"VOTER ID" LAW (Effective July 24, 2013)

During the 2013 legislative session, the legislature made changes to the "Voter ID" law (RSA 659:13). 

What type of ID will I need to vote?

  • Driver's license issued from any state or federal government;
  • Non-Driver ID card issued by NH DMV (Division of Motor Vehicles) or motor vehicle agency of another state;
  • Photo ID card for "voting identification only" issued by NH DMV (RSA 2650:21);
  • United States Armed Services ID card;
  • United States passport or pass card;
  • NH student ID card;
  • A photo ID not mentioned above, but determined to be legitimate by the moderator, supervisors of the checklist, or town or city clerk.  If any person authorized to challenge a voter does so under this provision, the voter shall be required to fill out a challenged voter affidavit before obtaining a ballot.
  • Verification of the voter's identity by a moderator or supervisor of the checklist or the town or city clerk.  If any person authorized to challenge a voter does so under this provision, the voter shall be required to fill out a challenged voter affidavit before obtaining a ballot.

An acceptable photo ID must have an expiration date or date of issuance.  The ID will remain valid 5 years beyond the expiration date or date of issuance unless the voter is 65 or older in which case the expiration date can be exceeded beyond 5 years.  The name on the ID shall substantially conform to the name on the checklist.

What if I do not have an approved photo ID?
Any voter who does not present an approved photo ID will be permitted to vote after executing a "challenged voter affidavit".  A voter who does not have an approved photo ID may obtain a free photo ID for voting purposes only by presenting a voucher from their town/city clerk or the Secretary of State to any NH DMV office that issues identification.

Is there any post-election action required by me after I vote without an approved photo ID?
If you filled out a "challenged voter affidavit" in order to vote on Election Day, you will receive a verification letter from the Secretary of State requesting confirmation that you voted in the election.  If you do not respond in writing to the Secretary of State within 90 days of the date it was mailed, the Attorney General will conduct an investigation to determine whether fraudulent voting occurred.

Where can I get more information?
Please contact your City Clerk or the Secretary of State.


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Due to the passage of House Bill 592, we now have new State Senate and State Representative Districts as follows:

State Senate District - after 2012 Redistricting

  • District 21: Durham, Lee, Madbury, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, and Portsmouth

State Representative Districts - after 2012 Redistricting = 7 total representatives

  • District 25 - Consists of Ward 1 only
  • District 26 - Consists of Ward 2 only
  • District 27 - Consists of Ward 3 only
  • District 28 - Consists of Ward 4 only
  • District 29 - Consists of Ward 5 only
  • District 30 - Consists of Ward 1, 2, 4, and 5 (Not 3)
  • District 31 - Floterial with Ward 3 only represented with Greenland, Newington & North Hampton


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Ward One - New Franklin School - 1 Franklin Drive
  • Off Woodbury Avenue, between Anchorage and Best Inns

Ward Two* - Portsmouth Middle School - Parrott Avenue

Ward Three - Robert J. Lister Academy (f/k/a Sherburne School) - Sherburne Road

  • From Route 33, hospital traffic light intersection, take a left at the stop sign and go around the corner and school will be on the right
  • From Route 1, take Borthwick Avenue to the end

Ward Four - Dondero Elementary School-Van Buren Avenue

  • Off Lafayette Road-McKinley Road to Van Buren Avenue

Ward Five - Little Harbour School - 50 Clough Drive

  • Off South Street near the cemetery

*Location may be subject to change


Municipal Election Absentee Ballot Application

Absentee ballots are now available for the November 5, 2013 Municipal Election.


There are four reasons available under the law for individuals to receive an absentee ballot. Commuters please read information under Absence from City.

  • Absence from City: A person is unable to appear at any time during polling hours at polling place because they will be working on election day or will be otherwise absent on election day from the city and will be unable to vote in person.
  • Absence Because of Religious Observance:  A person is observing a religious commitment which prevents them from voting in person.
  • Physical Disability: A person is unable to vote in person due to a physical disability.
  • Absence from City due to Employment: A person at any time during polling hours cannot appear because of an employment obligation requires them 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.


Sample ballots for the November 5, 2013 Municipal Election are listed below. The sample ballots will also be on display at the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall Public Notice Board, Portsmouth Public Library, and here on this web page.


Candidates' Night(s) for the Municipal Election:

Citizens for Voter Education will be conducting a Candidates Night for those individuals running for office in November 2013. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 (City Council Candidates)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 (Fire, Police and School Candidates)

The forums will take place from 7:00 p.m. in the Eileen Dondero Foley City Council Chambers at City Hall, Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth. The forums will be televised live on Channel 22 at 7 p.m. and re-broadcast at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Oct 25, Oct 26, Oct 27 and Oct 31, Nov. 1, Nov. 2 , Nov. 3 and Nov. 4.

Please note: Information will be updated as it becomes available and is subject to change.

If you have any questions, please contact our office at (603) 610-7207 or via email at cityclerk@cityofportsmouth.com.