2020 State General Election

2020 State General Election

The 2020 New Hampshire General Election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. 

Polling Places

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Dover's six polling locations are:Online Map - Wards

Ward 1 - Horne Street Elementary School, 78 Horne St.
Ward 2 - Woodman Park Elementary School, 11 Towle Ave.
Ward 3 - Parish of the Assumption - St. Joseph's, 150 Central Ave.
Ward 4 - Elks Lodge, 282 Durham Road
Ward 5 - St John's Methodist Church, 28 Cataract Ave.
Ward 6 - Hellenic Center, 219 Long Hill Road

Please click on the image to the right for an interactive Ward Map with Polling Places.

Absentee Ballots

Absentee ballots are now available for the General Election to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3. 
 
Applications for an absentee ballot are available online here or at the City Clerk's Office. Any registered voter unable to vote on Election Day, or who cannot make it to the polls because of a disability, religious observance, due to employment obligations, or any reason relating to COVID-19, may request an absentee ballot from the City Clerk's Office in person or by mail.
 
The Secretary of State and Dover City Clerk urge those mailing in ballots to do so as soon as possible to avoid possible postal delays and to ensure it is received in time and is counted. Election officials expect a high volume of absentee ballots for this election.

If returning by mail, absentee ballots must be received at the City Clerk's Office by 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2. The City Clerk's Office is located in the Customer Service Center at City Hall. The mailing address is 288 Central Avenue, Dover, NH 03820.

Returning an absentee ballot by mail requires a signed affidavit, which is included with the ballot and return envelope. If voting by absentee ballot due to COVID-19, sign under "Absence Because of Religious Observance or Physical Disability."

If voters want to verify their ballot has been received by the Clerk's Office, the Secretary of State's Office has an online tool to allow voters to see if their absentee ballot has been received. There have been a few circumstances where the state's website has not been updated to show that an absentee ballot has been received. Voters may also email City Clerk Susan Mistretta at s.mistretta@dover.nh.gov to verify if the Dover City Clerk's Office has received the ballot.

Absentee ballots can also be brought to the City Clerk's Office in the Customer Service Center of City Hall. When staffing allows, the Clerk's Office opens a dedicated Election room adjacent to the Clerk's Office where voters can return absentee ballots. The deadline to bring completed absentee ballots to the Clerk's Office is Monday, Nov. 2. City Hall is located at 288 Central Ave., Dover, NH 03820.  

This year, the Secretary of State's Office will also allow absentee ballots to be delivered directly to voter's polling place on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. These ballots must be received at the polling place by 5 p.m. to be counted. Ballots must be received at the correct polling place. Residents can utilize the interactive Ward Map on the City Clerk's Election Information webpage to help locate what Dover ward they live in, and the location of their ward's polling place.

State election law limits who can drop off an absentee ballot in-person. It must be the voter or an immediate family member of the voter. However, there are provisions for those who live in nursing homes or long-term care facilities.

Absentee ballot drop boxes not allowed in NH

State law prohibits the use of a ballot drop box. Ballots must be returned either in person or via mail. When staffing allows, the Clerk's Office opens a dedicated Election room adjacent to the Clerk's Office where voters can return absentee ballots.

For more information, call the City Clerk's Office at 516-6018.

Preprocessing of Absentee Ballots

The New Hampshire Legislature has authorized preprocessing of absentee ballots for the 2020 elections. Absentee ballot preprocessing in Dover is scheduled to occur later this week and early next week in the auditorium at City Hall.

Preprocessing dates are set by ward, as follows:

Ward 1 – Friday, Oct. 30 at 9 a.m.
Ward 2 – Monday, Nov. 2 at 10 a.m.
Ward 3 – TBD
Ward 4 – Thursday, Oct. 29 at 9 a.m.
Ward 5 – Thursday, Oct. 29 at 9 a.m.
Ward 6 – Friday, Oct. 30 11 a.m.

Absentee ballots returned after the preprocessing times will be processed on Election Day, Nov. 3.

The preprocessing of absentee ballots is open to the public. During preprocessing, election officials from each ward open the absentee's ballot outer envelope. "After the outer envelope has been opened, the affidavit on the inner envelope shall be examined, the voter's name shall be announced, an opportunity for a challenge of the ballot shall be given, and a notation may be made on the checklist to help facilitate processing of the ballot on election day," according to state law RSA 659:49-b. "The ballot shall remain secure in the unopened affidavit envelope until final processing on election day."

For more information, contact the City Clerk's Office at 516-6018.

Registering to Vote

Residents can register to vote at the City Clerk's Office until the Supervisors of the Checklist meet on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. After Oct. 27, unregistered voters can still register to vote at their polling location on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. See the City Clerk's interactive Ward Map to find out what Dover ward you live in and the ward's polling location. State law also allows people to register by mail. Visit the Secretary of State's "Voting during COVID-19 state of emergency" for instructions on how to register by absentee.

To register in person, visit the City Clerk's Office at City Hall during regular hours, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Unregistered voters can also register to vote on Election Day, Nov. 3. All new voters must complete a voter registration form. To vote, you must be a New Hampshire resident who will be 18 years of age or older on the day of the election, and a United States citizen. There is no minimum time required to have lived in the state before being allowed to register.

Click here for more information about registering to vote, or contact the City Clerk's Office at 516-6018.

Supervisors of the Checklist in Session Oct. 27

The Supervisors of the Checklist met Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, from 7 to 7:30 p.m. at the City Clerk's office at City Hall, 288 Central Avenue.

During this session, supervisors registered new voters, recorded changes of address, and made other necessary corrections to the checklist. 

Sample Ballots