All voters in NH are eligible to vote absentee this year due to concerns for COVID-19. Voting absentee is safe and secure. Absentee ballots are only provided to registered voters, and only to registered voters who request one. Our Town Clerk, Debbie Hadlock, maintains a list of every registered voter who requests, receives and returns an absentee ballot. On election day, Debbie gives the Moderator all the unopened absentee ballot affidavit envelopes that she received. The Moderator then publicly announces in the polling place the name of every voter who has submitted an absentee ballot. The Ballot Clerks check the names off on the voter check-in list, then the Moderator reads the names again to the Supervisors of the Checklist who check the names off the check-out list. Then the Moderator opens the affidavit envelope, removes the folded absentee ballot, and places the absentee ballot in the ballot box. This process ensures that only registered voters are able to obtain and cast an absentee ballot, that they are only able to cast one absentee ballot, and that they are not able to vote both absentee and in person.
If you haven’t yet requested your absentee ballot, please do so now! I also recommend picking up and dropping off your absentee ballot at Debbie’s office if you can rather than mailing them. The Orford Post Office can no longer hand cancel mail sent within Orford, so all mail, including absentee ballots, must now go to the White River Junction processing facility. Make sure your vote counts! Deliver your ballot in person to Debbie.
All absentee ballots must be received by Debbie Hadlock by 5:00 pm on Election Day, November 3, in order to be counted.
Thank you for helping to keep us all safe by voting absentee! Harry Pease, Moderator