Presidential primary schedule

As per the New Hampshire Department of State, Elections Division

January 14, 2020 – Last day for supervisors to post copy of checklist for primary in the town or city clerk’s office or at town or city hall; notice of day, place, hour of upcoming checklist session must be posted with checklist. RSA 654:26, 27

Notice of the supervisors session for correction of the checklist must be posted in 2 appropriate places, which shall be the city or town’s Internet website, if such exists, or published in a newspaper of general circulation in the city or town at least 7 days prior to the session. RSA 654:27

January 28, 2020 – Last day for supervisors to prepare and post checklist for additional polling place; checklist must be posted in town or city clerk’s office or at town or city hall and 2 copies to be filed with clerk. RSA 658:12

January 29 – February 5

Supervisors must hold a session which shall be 6 to 13 days prior to the election at a time determined by the supervisors.  No additions or corrections shall be made to the checklist after this session, until election day, except as provided in RSA 659:12.  RSA 654:8, II; RSA 654:27, 28

For those towns with March elections:  The session required on January 21, 2020 will fulfill (if noticed) the mandatory session between January 29- February 5, as required by RSA 654:27.

Last day for town clerk/supervisors to accept voter registration applications. No change of party applications shall be accepted. RSA 654:32

Reports of transfer, reports of death, removal of names allowed. RSA 654:36, 37, 44.

February 4, 2020 — Last day for Secretary of State to deliver ballots to clerks. Ballots shall be inspected by town or city clerk in the presence of at least one other legal voter and resealed for use on election day. RSA 656:29.

February 7, 2020 – Last day for supervisors to post final corrected checklist and certification of checklist. RSA 654:28,29.

February 10, 2020  5:00 p.m. – City or town clerk must be available to accept any completed absentee ballots delivered in person, or by a delivery agent at least between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. RSA 652:20, 657:17

February 11, 2020  Presidential Primary Election Day.  Voters may register at the polls on election day. RSA 653:9; 654:7-a, 7-b

5:00 p.m. – Deadline for clerks to accept any completed absentee ballots delivered by mail or by a delivery agent.  RSA 657:17, 22.

February 14. 2020 – Last day for any candidate who received at least 9 percent of the votes cast in a party’s primary to apply to Secretary of State for recount. RSA 660:7.

February 18, 2020 – Last day for any candidate who requested a recount to withdraw the request. RSA 660:7, II.  (Monday is the deadline, but it is a state holiday – President’s Day)

May 12, 2020 – Last day for supervisors to send one copy of the marked checklist from the Presidential Primary to the State Archives.   RSA 659:102

Bill Chaisson
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