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Voting Information

Click on the below links for more voting information.


  • Municipal Election - November 3, 2015

    The Board of Registrars will be in session on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon to register new voters, make address changes and party affiliation changes.
    This is the last day to register prior to the November 3, 2015 Election, but residents can register on Election Day at the polls.

The filing period has closed and the following are the non-partisan candidates:

City Council Candidates (9 positions)

Josh Denton

Gibson "Mike" Kennedy

Jack D. Thorsen

M. Christine Dwyer

Rebecca Elizabeth Perkins

James R. Splaine

Jack Blalock

Marion Ward

Esther Kennedy

Nancy Pearson

Rick Becksted Jr.

Joshua Cyr

Bradley M. Lown

Eric Spear

John W. Palreiro

Duncan MacCallum

School Board Candidates (4 positions)

Roseann Vozella Clark

Ann M. Walker

Gary Michael Epler

Clayton Emery

Patrick Ellis

Police Commission Candidates - 4 year term

Thomas Coakley

Joe Plaia

Robert Lightizer

Police Commission Candidates - *to fill unexpired term to 12/31/2017

Jody Record

Chase Bailey

Wayne Lehman

Joe Onosko

*This term will begin immediately after the Canvas of Votes to be held 11/05/2015.

Fire Commission Candidates (1 position)

Michael K. Hughes

Partisan Ward Officials Candidate Listing is available at the City Clerk's Office at 610-7245.

  • Presidential Primary Election - early 2016 (date TBA)

Voters should be aware that any changes to party affiliation should be made at earliest convenience as the cut-off is 90 days prior to any Primary Election.



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

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, please contact the City Clerk's Office at (603) 610-7245 or via e-mail at cityclerk@cityofportsmouth.com.



The polling hours for the Municipal Election, November 3, 2015 will be will be 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.



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

Ward Two-Portsmouth Middle School -(Connie Bean Gymnasium Entrance)- 155 Parrott Avenue

  • Between the Library and Court House

Ward Three - Sherburne School (Robert J. Lister Academy) -35 Sherburne Road

  • From Route 33, hospital traffic light intersection, take left at Stop sign
  • From Route 1, take Borthwick Avenue to the end

Ward Four - Dondero Elemetary School - 32 Van Buren Avenue

  • Off Lafayette Road - McKinley Road then right onto Van Buren Avenue

Ward Five - Little Harbour School - 50 Clough Drive

  • Off South Street



Voters may register at the polls on Election Day.


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 this chapter, 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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Click here to view "VOTER ID" LAW EXPLANATION (Effective August 13, 2014)


Absentee Ballots for the November 3, Municipal Election are now available at the City Clerk's Office.

In order to receive an Absentee Ballot for the November 3, 2015 Municipal, you must be a registered voter in the City of Portsmouth and meet the criteria for receiving absentee ballots as stated below. You must fill out an Municipal Absentee Ballot Application Form and submit the form either in person or through the mail. 

The 2016 State of New Hampshire Absentee Ballot Application is now available.  The Presidential Primary date has not yet been set, but applications can be submitted in anticipation of the election. 

The State of New Hampshire "Voter Look-up" website http://app.sos.nh.gov allows you to check your voter information including party affiliation, Voting Ward and absentee ballot status.



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 3, 2015 Municipal Election are not yet available. The sample ballots will also be on display at the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall Public Notice Board, Portsmouth Public Library.



Due to the passage of House Bill 592, our State Senate and State Representative Districts are 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

1st Congressional District - 1 representative to Congress
2 U.S. Senators to Washington DC for the State of New Hampshire