New Hampshire

As our state primary nears (September 8) and the presidential election (November 3) looms, we want to make sure you are aware of the option to get an absentee ballot for both elections if you are concerned about COVID-19.  Requesting an absentee ballot and using the absentee ballot for either or both elections is a way to vote as safely as possible.  So much is at stake as we seek to put candidates in place who will protect our environment and work equally for all people here in New Hampshire and our country.

We recommend that you request your absentee ballot NOW, for both the primary and the general election, if you choose this option instead of voting in person.

Here are your options for doing this:

§  Call your Town Clerk and request that absentee ballots be mailed to you. You now only need to request only once for both the Primary and the General Election.§  You can download and print out an absentee ballot REQUEST FORM and then send it in to your town/city clerk now!  Absentee Ballot Request form, click here.  It takes you right to the Absentee Ballot Request Application.  Be sure to check the blocks for boty the Primary and the General elections.Ver  Get the applications in soon to your town Clerk’s office, so you can receive and return your ballots some days before the election dates:

§  one for the State Primary on September 8th

§  one for the State General and Presidential election on November 3rd

§  When you fill out your request forms, in Section II (which asks you to give a reason), check the box that states “I am unable to vote in person due to a disability.” The state has agreed that concerns about COVID-19, for these elections, constitute a disability.

§  For your absentee ballot to be valid, you must be sure to sign, in ink, the affidavit envelope and, on the larger outer envelope, fill in the name of the town or city where you are entitled to vote, write your full name, address and voting place in the upper left hand corner.

§  Mail, email, fax or hand-deliver to your town or city clerk’s office. Your ballot must be received by the town or city clerk, no later than 5:00 p.m. on election day in order to be submitted for counting.

NOTE!  An absentee ballot may still be requested at the Town Clerk’s office on the day prior to election day up until the end of the business day. 

Absentee ballots will be sent out a few weeks before the elections.  Remember, your completed absentee ballot must be returned before the close of the polls on Election Day.

Questions on filling out and returning forms, click here for the NH Secretary of State, or here for Open Democracy NH.

By voting by mail you are helping to keep yourself safe as well as other voters, the poll workers, and our town clerks.  Request your ballots now!

We encourage you to join your neighbors and fellow Sierra Club members in voting for climate champions. Remember that the NH Sierra Club chapter has endorsed Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky for governor. Also, please encourage family, friends, and colleagues to vote by sharing your plan to vote in the primary and general elections and by using your social media accounts and pledging to vote here.

Vermont

As our primary nears and the general election looms, we want to make sure you are aware of the option to get an absentee ballot for both elections, if you are concerned about COVID-19. Requesting an absentee ballot and using the absentee ballot for either or both elections is a way to vote as safely as possible. So much is at stake as we seek to elect candidates for local, state, and national offices who will protect our environment and work equally for all people here in our state and our country.

We recommend that you request your absentee ballot NOW for both the primary (August 11) and the general election (November 3), if you choose this option instead of voting in person.

Here are your options for doing this:

  • Fill out the form that you should have received in the mail by now.  It is postage paid and addressed to your Town Clerk.
  • Log in to your My Voter Page, mvp.vermont.gov and request your ballots online.  This requires your driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your social security number.
  • Call your Town Clerk and request that ballots be mailed to you.

The ballots may be requested in person at the Town Clerk’s office as late as the end-of-business prior to election day.  Your completed ballots must be returned before the close of the polls on each election day.

Questions on filling out and returning absentee ballot forms? – Click here for the Vermont Secretary of State’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Voting by mail keeps you safe and reduces risk to other voters, poll workers, and our town clerks.  Request your ballots now!

Please encourage family, friends, and colleagues to vote by sharing your plan to vote in the primary and general elections and by using your social media accounts and pledging to vote here.