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You can put your ballot through the machine in any direction (except sideways). When the voting machines are tested approximately 1 week prior to the elections, all of the ballots used for testing are put through the machine 4 different times, once for each direction, to ensure the ballots are properly read no matter what direction they are inserted.
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If you are a Lebanon resident and 18 years of age or older you can register to vote in the City of Lebanon. For a list of what is required to register to vote and for more information, please visit our Registering to Vote page.
You can register to vote at any of the following locations:
To register to vote, you must prove your identity, age, and residency. The following documents can be used for proof.
To prove identity:
To prove age:
To prove residency:
For more information view NH Voter ID Law RSA 659:13.
If you do not have photo ID and you need to register to vote, you will be asked to show a birth certificate to confirm your identity. If you do not have your birth certificate, you will be asked to sign a Qualified Voter Affidavit attesting to your identity.
Like the Challenged Voter Affidavit (CVA), the Secretary of State’s office will follow-up after the election, with any voter who signs a Qualified Voter Affidavit.
In order to receive a ballot, you will still need to either complete a CVA (with photograph or Affidavit of Religious Exemption) or have your identity verified by an election official.
One of the acceptable forms of ID is personal verification by certain election workers. If an election worker can personally identify you, that will serve as your photo ID. The election worker will sign a statement as to their personal knowledge of you. Please keep in mind, only certain election officials are allowed to identify you. Those officials are the Moderator, Supervisors of the Checklist, Ward Clerk, City Clerk and Deputy City Clerk. No other election worker is approved by law to identify you.
If an election worker cannot identify you and you do not have a photo ID, you can complete a Challenged Voter Affidavit (CVA). Part of completing the affidavit requires you to have your photograph taken. If you cannot allow your photograph to be taken due to religious beliefs, you will be asked to also complete a Religious Exemption Affidavit in lieu of having a photograph taken.
If you do not have a Photo ID, please tell one of the Greeters working at the polls. The Greeters will then direct you to the proper Election Official for assistance. It is important to know that if an election worker cannot identify you and you refuse to complete any portion of the Challenged Voter Affidavit or refuse to either have your photograph taken or sign an Affidavit of Religious Exemption, you will not be permitted to vote.
If you complete a Challenged Voter Affidavit (CVA), 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.
The City of Lebanon has three separate voting wards. Polling locations for the wards are as follows:
Ward 1Kilton Public Library80 Main StreetWest Lebanon, NH 03784View the map for Ward 1Ward 2United Methodist Church18 School StreetLebanon, NH 03766View the map for Ward 2Ward 3AVA Art Gallery (Temporary Location for all 2020 Elections)11 Bank StreetLebanon, NH 03766View the map for Ward 3
Polling hours for all three wards will be 7:00 a.m. until 7:0 p.m. If you do not know which voting ward you are in, please use the State’s Voter Look-Up System or consult our Ward Street Name Database. You may also contact our office at 603-448-3054 and we will check for you.
If you moved from one ward in Lebanon to a different one, you will need to register in that ward. For a list of what is required to register to vote and for more information, please visit our Registering to Vote page.
If your address has changed within the same ward, please complete and return an address change form.
Yes, qualified voters can register and vote on Election Day at their polling location. Please review the documentation you will need to provide in order to register to vote. To determine the correct polling location please consult our Ward-by-Street list or visit the Secretary of State’s Voter Information Look-Up.
If you are registered to vote in Lebanon and move to a different state and register, your name will automatically be removed. If someone in your family who was registered in Lebanon, dies in New Hampshire, their name will automatically be removed.
You can also submit in writing that you wish to be removed from the voter checklist to the City Clerk's Department by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or mailing to
Lebanon City HallATTN: City Clerk51 N. Park StreetLebanon, NH 03766
All polling locations have wheelchair-accessible voting booths, space available at tables in the room and the “One4All Accessible Voting System.” This system utilizes a tablet, headphones, and a printer to assist voters who are hearing or visually impaired. This booth is also large enough to accommodate a wheelchair.
If you require assistance at any time, please ask an Election Official for help. He or she will not be able to answer questions about or discuss the individual candidates, but they can assist you in filling out your ballot at your direction. Voters with a disability can also bring someone to assist them; they do not have to have an Election Official assist them. (The exception is the person assisting can’t be the voter’s employer or union representative.) Anyone who is assisting the voter must take an oath.
Consider signing up for the Citizens Academy through the City of Lebanon. Not only will you learn more about elections and other function of the City Clerk’s Office, but you will also learn about all other City departments and your local government. For more information, visit the Citizens Academy website or contact the City Manager’s Office.
For the busier elections, we are often looking for extra help at the polls on election day. Being involved in your community and the democratic process can be educational and rewarding. If you are a resident interested in helping out with elections, please contact the City Clerk’s office.
Each polling location has 9 election officials: - 1 Moderator - 1 Ward Clerk - 3 Supervisors of the Checklist - 4 Ballot Clerks. For a large election, there are often several extra election workers to help with the various duties, as well as help voters get their ballots cast in an efficient manner.
The voting machine must be attended by an election official at all times. The election official ensures the security of the machine and makes sure ballots are inserted properly so the voter’s ballot will be counted. At times voters have indicated concern that they felt the official attending the machine could see how they voted. Election officials are trained not to look at how ballots are marked by the voters, but only to ensure they go into the machine properly. Any voters who have concerns with the visibility of their marked ballot should turn their ballot over before inserting it into the voting machine.
The Moderator’s (and all election officials) are trained to not look at how the voter has voted when processing the ballots. They are simply comparing the signature of the absentee ballot requests forms to the signatures on the affidavit envelopes to ensure that they match. If the signatures match, the ballot is removed from the affidavit envelope and fed through the voting machine. If a signature doesn’t match or is missing, the Moderator will challenge the ballot and not remove the ballot from the affidavit envelope.
NH Law 669:36 states that in the case of a tie vote at any election, the winner is determined by lot, by the town, city, or school clerk. Simply put, in the event of a City office with a tie vote, the City Clerk will draw the winner's name “from a hat.” If it is a school office, the School Clerk draws the winner's name.