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Posted on: August 31, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Partial Processing of Absentee Ballots

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09/04/20 Update: This event has ended and the recording is now available for public viewing on the City of Lebanon YouTube channel. 

08/31/20: Due to the high volume of absentee ballot requests for the September 8, 2020 NH State Primary, the State of New Hampshire has authorized cities and towns to partially process absentee ballots before the election. The partial processing for the City of Lebanon will begin at 9:00am on Friday, September 4, 2020 at Lebanon City Council Chambers in the temporary City Hall Offices located at 20 West Park St, Room 386. 

The partial processing of absentee ballots will include the following steps: 

  1. Election officials open the outer mailing envelope. 
  2. The inner affidavit envelope (the envelope signed by the voter) will be removed and examined. This envelope will not be opened; the ballot will remain sealed inside until Election Day. 
  3. The moderator will determine whether the affidavit envelope has been signed by the voter and/or the name and signature of a person who assisted a voter with disability written on the line for that purpose. If there is no signature or name on either line for the voter’s signature or the line for the person assisting a voter with a disability, OR if there is a clearly legible signature on the line for the voter’s signature that IS NOT the name of the voter, the ballot will be rejected by the Moderator.
  4. For ballots not rejected, the Moderator will publicly announce the name of the absentee voter and provide an opportunity for a challenger appointed by a political party, or any voter in the ward, to challenge the absentee voter. Please note, partially processed absentee ballots cannot be challenged on Election Day.
  5. If no challenge is made, the partial processing of the ballot will be noted on the checklist by way of a yellow highlighter and by putting a star after the voter’s name. However, the voter will not be marked off as having voted until Election Day. 
  6. The inner affidavit envelope shall remain unopened and placed back in the outer mailing envelope. These ballots will be transported to the polls on Election Day to complete the process and be counted. 

A live stream of the process will be available via Microsoft Teams with an operable chat function that will be monitored by staff. For information on how to access the live meeting, please visit You may also appear in-person to observe the process; a mask will be required and social distancing encouraged. 

The meeting will run from 9:00 AM until completed. The live stream only allows for 4 hours of streaming; in the event that processing extends beyond 1:00 PM, a second meeting link will be available. Processing will be paused long enough to switch to the other link and then resume. The complete processing will be recorded and made available online. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Lebanon City Clerk’s office at 603-448-3054 or by email to

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