Gov order on party affiliation

Last Day to Change Party Affiliation Prior to September Primary is June 2

The filing period for all offices for the September State Primary Election opens on Wednesday, June 3rd. Under state law, the last day for voters who are already registered to declare or change party affiliation before the primary is on Tuesday, June 2nd.

RSA 654:34 states that in order to declare or change a party affiliation, the voter must appear in person before the supervisors of the checklist (or town or city clerk). However, most city and town halls are currently closed.

The Governor, therefore, has issued an Executive Order that allows voters to change party affiliation by mail and the Secretary of State has prepared a form that can be used for this purpose. These forms must be received by the city clerk no later than June 2nd. A June 2nd postmark will not suffice. The Secretary of State’s electronic voter registration system will not allow city or town clerks to make party affiliation changes after June 2nd.

Nashua residents who wish to change their party affiliation should mail the completed request form to Voter Registration, Office of the City Clerk, 229 Main Street, Nashua, NH 03060. Information on this process is also available on the Nashua City Clerk’s website.

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