Absentee Ballots for the local Town and School Warrant being held on March 12, 2013 are available at the Gilford Town Clerk's Office. The following information is provided on qualifying for an absentee ballot:
RSA 657:1 Absence, Religious Observance, and Disability Absentee Voting. – Any person who is absent on the day of any state election from the city, town, or unincorporated place in which he or she is registered to vote or who cannot appear in public on any election day because of his or her observance of a religious commitment or who is unable to vote there in person by reason of physical disability may vote at such elections as provided in this chapter. A person who is unable to appear at any time during polling hours at his or her polling place because an employment obligation requires the person to remain physically at work or to be in transit to or from work from the time the polls open until after the time the polls close shall be considered absent for purposes of this chapter.
RSA 657:3 Armed Services Voter. – Regardless of whether he is previously registered, any person qualified as an armed services voter as provided in RSA 654:4 may vote absentee at any state election in the New Hampshire city or town which was last his home as provided in this chapter.
RSA 657:6 Procedure by Applicant. – An application form for an absentee ballot shall be mailed or delivered to any person who applies therefore to the secretary of state or to any town or city clerk. It shall be filled out by the applicant and sent to the clerk of the town or city in which he desires to vote. Alternatively, a person may apply for an official absentee ballot by sending to said clerk a written statement containing the information required by the appropriate paragraph of RSA 657:4, or by the federal post card application.
Application for absentee ballots may be found on the town’s website, in the Town Clerk’s Office or by written request to the Town Clerk. Absentee ballots may be obtained in advance at the Town Clerk's Office, filled out and retained with the Town Clerk until voting day. Regular business hours are: M, TU, W & F 8-4:30 – TH 8-6:00; the office will be open 8-5 Monday March 11, 2013 to accept absentee ballots (In accordance with NH State Law). Returned ballots must be delivered in person by the voter (no other person may deliver on the voters behalf) or by USPS mail, according to state law. Please feel free to contact the Town Clerk's Office at 527-4713 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Denise M. Gonyer, CMC
Town Clerk – Tax Collector