Upcoming Important dates
January 24, 2023- Supervisors hold a session at 7pm to update the voter checklist on the day before opening of candidate filing period. RSA 669:5; 654:27
January 25, 2023- First day for candidates to file declarations of candidacy with Town Clerk. RSA 669:19; 652:20; 40:13, VII
February 3, 2023- Last day for filing declarations of candidacy with Town Clerk until 5 p.m. RSA 669:19; 652:20; 40:13, VII
February 11, 2023-Deliberative Session (First Session of Town Meeting) at 9:00am, Windham High School Auditorium
March 4, 2023- Last day to register to vote prior to the Annual Town Meeting. (Voters may register on election day) RSA 654:8; 40:13, VII; 654:27
March 14, 2023- Annual Town Election (Second Session of Town Meeting) from 7am-8pm at Windham High School Gymnasium to elect Town officers, vote on all Warrant Articles on official ballot.
Election Monitor's Report for Windham
Citizen's Petition (Town Ballot)
A citizen petition is a way for a resident to put something on the Town Meeting Warrant if it is not addressed through the budget, i.e., paving roads, installing street lights, etc. Citizen petitions require 25 signatures of registered Windham voters per RSA 39:3. Petitions are due on the second (2nd) Tuesday in January in accordance with RSA 40:13. The RSA also states that the Selectmen shall insert the petitioned article with only such minor textual changes as may be required. All names will be reviewed by the Town Clerk to verify that signers are registered voters. We cannot write the petition for you, and it is your responsibility to determine the costs, if any, associated with your petition. For important deadline submissions, please look above. Petitioned articles must be submitted to the Board of Selectmen/Town Clerk's Office prior to the deadline to be considered for the Annual Town Meeting.
To look at a sample layout, please view here.
For information regarding Zoning Citizen's Petitions, please contact Community Development Department. Please note that Zoning Citizen's Petitions are due in December.
Filing for Candidacy
You must be a registered voter and domiciled in the Town of Windham to file as a candidate for the upcoming 2023 Annual Town Election. You must file a declaration of candidacy with the Town Clerk's Department within the filing period, which is from January 25, 2023 until February 3, 2023 (5:00pm).
List of Available Positions (in no particular order)- updated on 1/27/2023
Board of Selectmen- 2 Positions for a 3 year term
Trustee of the Trust Fund- 1 position for a 3 year term
Trustees of the Library- 2 positions for a 3 year term
Trustees of the Cemetery- 1 position for a 3 year term
Planning Board- 2 positions for a 3 year term
Zoning Board of Adjustment- 1 position for a 3 year term
Windham High School- 64 London Bridge Road, Windham NH.
Please note: We do not have any wards at this time.
Changing your address
It is required that if you move within Town, that you change your address on the voter checklist. You may come into the Town Clerk’s office during regular business hours to do so. You will be required to fill out a form and prove domicile to the new location. You may also change your address at any scheduled supervisor of the checklist meeting.
Change of name
If a voter’s name has changed, due to marriage, divorce or a legal name change, this change must be done in person at our office. Please bring with you the proof of the name change, i.e. certified marriage certificate, certified court order. You may also change your name at any scheduled supervisor of the checklist meeting.
Registering to Vote
You may register to vote any time during regular business hours at the Town Clerk’s office. You may also register to vote at any scheduled supervisor of the checklist meeting, and NH also has same day voter registration.
To be eligible to register and vote in New Hampshire a person must be:
- 18 years of age or older on election day;
- A United States Citizen; and
- Domiciled in the town or ward where the person seeks to vote.
To register, you will need to provide documents that prove your identity, age, and citizenship.
- A driver’s license or non-driver ID from any state satisfies proof of identity and age.
- A birth certificate, U.S. Passport/Passcard, and naturalization documents satisfies citizenship.
If you do not have these, you can prove your identity, age, and/or citizenship, by signing a Qualified Voter Affidavit, under oath, in front of an election official.
You will also need to provide documentation to prove that you are domiciled in the place where you intend to vote. There are many types of documents that will satisfy this requirement. A few examples are listed below:
- A New Hampshire driver’s license or non-driver ID showing your current address;
- A rental agreement, lease, or similar document that shows your name and the address of your domicile. The document must show that you are domiciled at the address on Election Day.
- A document showing that you own the place you are domiciled at, such as a deed, property tax bill, or other similar document that has your name and address.
- A New Hampshire motor vehicle registration reflecting the domicile.
- A voter photo ID issued by the NH Division of Motor Vehicles at no cost to you. To obtain a photo ID card, that can only be used for voting purposes, ask your town or city clerk or the Secretary of State’s office for a voucher and present it to the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Information on the documents you will need to present to the DMV is available here: https://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/dmv/forms/documents/identification-residency-uscitizen-non-compliant.pdf
- Any state or federal tax form, other government form, or government issued identification that shows your name and your domicile address.
- A public utility bill, such as such as an electric, telephone, water, gas, or other utility bill, with your name and address on it.
- A note from the person who owns, leases, rents, or manages/supervises the property where you are domiciled, confirming that you live there, which could include a family member or roommate. Any document containing the information is sufficient provided that in includes the statement that “providing false information is a violation of New Hampshire law under penalty of voting fraud.”
- You may also use any other document that shows some action you have taken to carry out your intent to make the place you claim your voting domicile.
If you do not have any of these, you can also sign a domicile affidavit under oath, in front of an election official.
For more information regarding Registering to Vote in NH, please visit here
The supervisors of the checklist meet prior to all Elections for new voters, change of party, etc. Their hours are posted in the local paper, Town Hall, and on the town website. Same Day Voter Registration can also be completed at the polls on the day of the election. To see more information about the supervisors of the checklist, please visit: Supervisors of the Checklist | Windham, NH (windhamnh.gov)
Military and Overseas Voters
For detailed information, and frequently asked questions go to: Request Absentee Ballot | New Hampshire Secretary of State (nh.gov)
Absentee Voter Registration
If you meet the state’s requirements and qualifications and are unable to register in person because of disability, religious beliefs, military service, or because of temporary absence, you may register by mail, when an Election is approaching. Contact email@example.com to request an absentee voter registration packet to be mailed to you. This packet includes an affidavit, voter registration form, and other important documents that you must read and complete in its entirety. The absentee voter registration affidavit must be witnessed by another individual, and the absentee ballot request must be completed in full and mailed back to the office, along with any supporting documents and completed ballot (if applicable).