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Granite State Rumblings: Election Day is one week from today.

Tuesday, November 4th.

How To Exercise Your Right To Vote:

WHERE Do I Register to Vote?:

  • At the polling place on Election Day.

The registration form asks for your name, age, place of birth, local residence, previous voting address if you were registered somewhere else, and a driver’s license ID number or the last four digits of your social security number. You’ll be asked to read and sign a statement saying you understand voting fraud is a crime. You’ll be asked to show proof of identity, age, citizenship, and domicile. If you can, bring a driver’s license, passport, student ID or other photo ID, or mail, such as a utility bill, addressed to you when you go to register.

If you don’t have those kinds of documents, you may sign a statement attesting to your identity, age, citizenship, or domicile.

WHERE Do I Go to Vote?:

  • You can find your polling place by clicking here and entering the information into the form on the page.

HOW Do I Get a Ballot on Election Day?:

You will be asked to show a photo ID or to sign a simple affidavit.
Acceptable photo ID: You need only one ID from the list below.

Federal and state photo IDs:
The IDs must be current or expired no more than five years ago. For voters over 65 years old, no expiration restriction applies.

  • A driver’s license from any state
  • A non-driver’s photo ID from any state
  • A United States armed services photo ID
  • A United States passport or passcard
  • A New Hampshire photo ID issued by the DMV for voting purposes only

Student photo IDs:
No date is required on student IDs.

  • New Hampshire schools including public and private colleges and universities, community colleges and licensed career schools
  • Public high schools and private high schools that are approved by the N.H. Department of Education

Other acceptable means of identification:

  • A photo ID deemed acceptable by a Supervisor of the Checklist, Moderator or Town or City Clerk
  • Verification of a person’s identity by a Supervisor of the Checklist, Moderator or Town or City Clerk
  • An affidavit filled out and signed by the voter and an authorized election officer

Voter ID from the DMV

  • If you don’t have a driver’s license or a non-driver’s ID from the New Hampshire Dept of Motor Vehicles, you may get a voucher from your Town Clerk that will allow you to get a free Voter ID for Voting Purposes Only from the DMV.

WHAT If I Won’t Be in NH on Nov. 4th?

Absentee voting:

  • If you’re a registered voter but can’t vote in person because of disability, religious beliefs, work hours, military service, or temporary absence, you may ask your city or town clerk for an absentee ballot in advance of the election. You may ask in person or fax or write to the clerk using a form by clicking here or by putting the same information in a written request.

Your ballot must reach the town or city clerk by 5 pm of Election Day.
A marked absentee ballot may NOT be transmitted by fax to a town or city clerk.

BEFORE YOU VOTE:

  • SAMPLE BALLOTS NOW AVAILABLE:

The Secretary of State’s website now has sample ballots for the Nov. 4 election. Go to the Sample Ballots page and click on your town. Give it a minute, then scroll to the bottom and you will see the ballot for your town.

  • KNOW THE CANDIDATES’ POSITIONS:

A great way to find out about the candidates without a lot of searching is by going to Ballotpedia’s New Hampshire Page.

Scroll down just a bit until you come to the Green Box that says, “On the ballot 2014.” There you will find the list and information about each candidate seeking office at the Federal and State Level.

Need more information on voting in New Hampshire? Download our Every Child Matters in New Hampshire Voter Campaign ToolKit!

Sources: League of Women Voters of New Hampshire, NH Secretary of State’s Office, Ballotpedia.com

Tuesday, November 4, 8am – 8pm, General Election, Nationwide

Click here to see more events in New Hampshire!


A national public opinion poll released last week by the Children’s Leadership Council finds strong support for increasing funding for effective programs that improve the lives of children and youth across the age spectrum, from birth to adulthood.

An overwhelming 79 percent of Americans favor investing more in programs that support children’s education, healthcare, nutrition and well-being. A solid majority of Republicans (59 percent) join with overwhelming majorities of independents (82 percent) and Democrats (93 percent) in calling on Congress to make children’s programs and services a higher budget priority.

The Children’s Leadership Council (CLC)—a coalition of more than 50 of the nation’s leading child and youth advocacy organizations, including Every Child Matters —commissioned Hart Research Associates to conduct the poll, which used telephone interviews with a nationally representative sample of over 800 Americans age 18 and older. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percent.

Among the results of the nationwide poll:

By a strong margin, Americans say that investing more in children’s health, education and well-being should be a higher priority today than reducing taxes.

  • As we near national mid-term Congressional elections, 52 percent of poll respondents who are registered voters said they would be more likely to support a candidate who favored increasing funding for programs and services to address children’s needs, with only 10 percent saying they would be less likely to favor such a candidate.
  • 61 percent of Americans believe children would be better off if government did more for children rather than “got out of the way.”

When it comes to supporting vulnerable populations, Americans do not see it as an “either or” proposition: 63 percent say that the aging of the baby boom generation means we need to invest more in children today, not cut programs for kids, because “the best way to provide a secure retirement [for seniors] is to ensure that we have productive workers contributing to the economy in the future.”

These findings come as our nation continues to experience a slow recovery marked by stagnant wages, rising costs, inadequate public programs and growing economic inequality. Children and young people shoulder much of the burden: Nearly one in five children and young adults in our country live in poverty, and many are barely above the poverty line and struggle to make ends meet.

The good news: Investments in government services and supports can work. New Census Bureau data show that federal anti- poverty programs like SNAP, the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit lifted millions of children out of poverty last year. The new poll results indicate that the majority of Americans also believe these supports are essential in helping families navigate today’s economy.

In the months ahead, Congress will debate the worthiness and effectiveness of federal programs, including those that help children, youth and their families, as lawmakers finish the fiscal year (FY) 2015 appropriations and begin work on the FY2016 federal budget and appropriations. Poverty, inequality, and economic and social mobility are, and likely will continue to be, prominent topics over the next few years.

Every Child Matters believes that we must do more than just talk or theorize about these critical issues. We must act. Investing in children and their families is investing in America. Improving children’s health, education and well-being is not just the right thing to do—it is one of the smartest investments we can make for our nation’s future.

We join the CLC and the American people in calling for smart, effective investments across the age spectrum from birth to young adulthood, and across the issue spectrum—from children’s health and nutrition to early care and education, violence prevention, supports to youth transitioning out of foster care and juvenile justice, and economic security programs for vulnerable children and families.

Learn More: The full poll results, as well as shareable messages and graphics, are available online at bit.ly/CLCpoll.

MaryLou Beaver
New Hampshire Director
Every Child Matters Education Fund

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