Be Prepared to Vote in the NH Primary
February 5, 2016
Feb. 9, 2016, will be the 100th Anniversary of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary. For this historic Primary, we expect a large turnout. In order to accommodate all the traffic, Lions Avenue will be one way from Adelaide Street to Hurley St. Please enter Lions Ave from Adelaide Street, turn right into the first driveway. There will be Officers and people on site to direct traffic. If the first lot is full, or when you finish voting, proceed around the back of the building to the other parking lot and exit out to Hurley Street. I have attached a map of the Community Center showing the traffic flow. Voting will be from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Members of the Republican and Democratic Parties will be able to vote for their candidate for President to be elected in November, 2016. Those voters who are undeclared (independent) will be able to select one of the Party ballots to vote for their candidate.
There always seems to be some confusion when an undeclared voter requests a party ballot, only to find out they are registered in the other party. If you took a party ballot in a previous primary and did not go to the Supervisors that day or later to change back to undeclared status, you are considered registered in that party and can only take a ballot for the party in which you are registered. The State time limit to change party affiliations for this Primary has passed.
If you are registered as undeclared and request a ballot from one of the parties, you are considered registered for that party unless you change back to undeclared status after voting. The Supervisors will have a table set up for those who want to change back to an undeclared status. This only applies to undeclared voters. Registered party members may not change party affiliations on voting day. They can change at the Town Clerk’s Office any day after February 9th.
New Hampshire Law requires a Photo ID in order to vote in all elections. Please remember to bring your photo ID and have it out when you come to the Check-in table and state you name clearly to the ballot clerks so they can find you on the checklist and verify your address and party affiliation.
If you do not have a valid photo ID, you will be required to swear an oath as to your identity and have a photo taken in order to vote. You will then be contacted by the Secretary of State’s Office to verify that you did vote. This will take more time, so please bring your photo ID.
If you are registering to vote for the first time in Hudson, please proceed directly to the Supervisors of the Checklist table to register. Again, you will need a photo ID, proof of age/citizenship, and proof of residency.
As always, we try to make the voting experience as easy and uncomplicated as possible. We appreciate the voters’ patience at the check-in as we follow the State-required process.
Paul Inderbitzen, Town Moderator, Hudson