Our New Hampshire Primary Election will be take place on Tuesday, September 8th at the Town Hall from 8:00 AM through 7:00 PM and we look forward to seeing you.
For the protection of all the volunteers who make our elections possible, face masks will be required to enter the Town Hall to vote. If you do not have a mask, masks will be available.
If you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask, it is recommended that you request an Absentee Ballot by downloading this Absentee Ballot Application here: http://sos.nh.gov/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=8589999812 The Corona Virus is a valid reason to obtain an Absentee Ballot. You can also qualify for an Absentee Ballot if you will be absent, working, have a disability or religious commitment. Complete and sign the application and send it to: Town Clerk, PO Box 900, Franconia, NH 03580.
After the Application is received and validated by the town, you will be sent your Absentee Ballot to complete and return. Be sure to sign where indicated including the envelope. Return by mail to Town Clerk, PO Box 900, Franconia, NH 03580.
You can also obtain an Absentee Ballot Application by contacting Carol Wills, Town Clerk who can be reached at 823-5237 or email@example.com. Because of the COVID virus, anyone may request an absentee ballot this year for either the Primary or General election.
If you are registered to vote, you can vote anytime between 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM. You will be required to show a valid ID to obtain your ballot.
If you are not registered to vote and are a resident of Franconia, you may register to vote at the polls on the day of the election. You will need a valid ID (New Hampshire driver’s license or government ID), and a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other document indicating your Franconia domicile.
All election workers will be behind Plexiglas shields at their tables and may also be wearing masks and/or using face shields. Hand sanitizer will be available. Everyone will be receiving their own pencil to use and keep.
As a reminder, the Primary Election is like two separate elections – one for each political party: The Democrats are electing their candidates for the General Election on November 3rd and the Republicans are electing their candidates. New Hampshire is an Open Primary State which means all registered voters can participate in the Primary, whether you are a registered Democrat, Republican or Independent (Undeclared). However, you can only vote a Democrat or Republican ballot. If you are a registered Democrat or Republican, you will be given the ballot for your party. If you are an Independent (same as Undeclared - without a party registration), you must request a Democrat or Republican ballot. As such, you will become a member of that party, so if you wish to remain Independent, please remember to stop by the desk of the Supervisors of the Checklist after voting to change back to Independent (or Undeclared).
Please let me know if you have any questions. Answers to questions will be made in future postings.
Don’t forget the General Election will be November 3 from 8:00 AM through 7:00 PM. Masks will be required.