The following are reasons for which one is eligible to vote absentee:
- Absence from Town on election day or during polling hours
- Observance of a religious commitment
- By reason of a physical disability: Voters with symptoms of a communicable disease or illness; voters who, due to their own health circumstances, limit public exposure in their day-to-day life as a preventative measure
- Employment obligation, including care of children and infirm adults, with or without compensation
Obtaining an Absentee Ballot
An official Absentee Ballot Request Form may be obtained at the Town Clerk's Office either in person or by mail. Voters may write a letter of request for an absentee ballot. Official request forms may also be downloaded/printed: Absentee Ballot Request (PDF). All requests require a signature. If you are a Salem voter, mail your request to:
Salem Town Clerk
33 Geremonty Drive
Salem, NH 03079
Returning Your Ballot
Make your vote count! Carefully follow the instructions enclosed with your ballot. After marking your ballot, fold the marked ballot and seal it in the small affidavit envelope (Form A). Read and sign the affidavit envelope (Form A) and then place it in the return envelope and mail it to the Town Clerk's Office. Affix postage and mail the envelope so that it is received no later than 5 pm on election day by mail. If the ballot is hand delivered personally by the voter it must be received at the Town Clerk's Office no later than 5 pm the day before election day. Absentee ballots delivered by the voter's delivery agent shall be received by the Town Clerk no later than 5 pm the day of the election.
Important Notice: Do not deposit your Absentee Ballots in the drop boxes at the Salem Town Hall; your ballot will be considered invalid and, therefore, not counted.
Tracking Your Ballot
You can track the status of your absentee ballot via the NH Absentee Ballot Status page.