Elections and Voting



The City saw voter turnout of over 60 percent at the Presidential Election, and in all 2,722 voters registered on election day.  The City’s Election Officials would be unable to adequately staff such an election without the assistance of volunteers.  In addition to the 60 elected and appointed officials working a 16 hour day, a contingent of approximately 130 volunteers came forward to assist at the polls.  An additional 30 volunteers stayed up late to assist the City Clerk’s Office with a post-election voter participation audit.  The combined efforts during the day and after the election represent a monumental 700 man hours of assistance!  To show our appreciation, the City Clerk wrote a Letter to the Editor that was published on November 12, 2016.  Please click here to read her words of thanks.

Information About Voter Registration:
How do I register to vote? What documentation do I need for Voter Registration?
Where and when do I Register to Vote?  
Information About Wards and Voting Domicile:
What Ward do I live in? Where do I Vote?
Information About Absentee Voting:
Absentee Voting Requesting an Absentee Ballot
Returning your Ballot Check the Status of Your Absentee Ballot Request 
Information About Past/Future Elections:

The State General/Presidential was held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.  Upcoming elections include the Municipal Primary and Municipal General Elections in the Fall of 2017.

Please click here to see election results for Keene from the November 8, 2016 State General/Presidential Election.  For State and Federal elecitons, Statewide results will be posted on the Secretary of State website.

Sample Ballots for the State General Election:

State General Ballots:

Ward 1  |  Ward 2  |  Ward 3  |  Ward 4  |  Ward 5

How do I register to vote?

Appear in the City Clerk's Office or before a Checklist Supervisor
Present documentation to prove your identity, age and residency in Keene
Sign a completed Voter Registration Form

What documentation do I need for Voter Registration?

To Prove Identity:
Driver's License
Birth Certificate
Any photo identification card

To Prove Age:
Driver's License
Birth Certificate

*In lieu of the documents listed, identity and age may be proven via the signing of a qualified voter affidavit. The City Clerk can provide you with this form.
*To Prove Citizenship:
Birth Certificate
U.S. Passport

*In lieu of the documents listed, citizenship may be proven via the signing of a qualified voter affidavit. The City Clerk can provide you with this form.

*To Prove Residency:
Driver's License with Keene address
Rent receipts
Utility bill
Checking account with Keene address
Personal letter mailed to a Keene address

*In lieu of the documents listed, domicile may be proven via the signing of an affidavit of domicile. The City Clerk can provide you with this form.

Where and when do I Register to Vote?

At the City Clerk's Office:
Register any weekday between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm up to 10 days before an election

At a session of the Checklist Supervisors:
Days, hours and places are posted 7 days prior to the Checklist Supervisors' session

At your Polling Place:
During the regular voting hours on an election day

What Ward do I live in?

The City of Keene is broken into five seperate Wards. To view what streets are assigned to each Ward, click on the link below: City of Keene Street Index

Please click here to view a City Ward Map.

Where do I Vote?

Ward 1: Michael E.J. Blastos Community Room
400 Marlboro Street
(adjacent to Keene Police Department)

Ward 2: Keene Parks & Rec. Dept.
312 Washington Street

Ward 3: Keene Middle School
167 Maple Avenue

Ward 4: Symonds School
79 Park Avenue

Ward 5: Crossway Church (For State Primary - September 13, 2016)
28 Arch Street

Keene High School (For State General Election - November 8, 2016)
43 Arch Street

*Polls are open 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Please click here to view a map of the polling locations in Keene.

Absentee Voting

Please click on the applicable link below to download an absentee ballot request form which can be printed and mailed to your City or Town Clerk to request a ballot:

2016 State Elections Absentee Ballot Request

Federal Postcard Application for an Absentee Ballot
(For Uniformed Service Members, their families, and citizens residing outside the U.S.)

Please click here to view Guidelines for eligibility to vote Absentee

Requesting an Absentee Ballot

An Official Absentee Ballot request form may be obtained by either calling or appearing in person at your city or town clerk's office. Once the Absentee Ballots have been received by the Clerk a voter appearing in person shall be given their Ballot in hand, all other requests shall be fulfilled by mailing the Ballot to the voter.

As an alternative to completing the request form the voter may write a letter of request for an Absentee Ballot and submit by mail or via fax to the city or town clerk's office.

If you are a Keene voter, mail your request to:

3 Washington Street
Keene, NH 03431

Or fax it to the following number: (603) 283-5653

PLEASE NOTE: If you are requesting an Absentee Ballot for a partisan election, please be sure to indicate whether you want a Republican or Democratic Ballot. Please contact your city or town clerk to confirm your party affiliation.

Follow this link to view the status of your pending absentee ballot request.

Returning your Ballot

Make your vote count! Carefully follow the instructions enclosed with your Ballot. After marking your Ballot place it in the small envelope and seal said envelope, then sign the affidavit which fits your particular situation. After you have signed the proper affidavit with your full name, place the envelope containing the ballot into the mailing envelope. Affix the proper postage and mail the envelope, or personally deliver it to the city or town clerk so that it is received before 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election. Ballots may only be hand delivered to the city clerk's office by the voter, or the voter's spouse, parent, sibling or child.  If a ballot is returned by a family member, they will be asked to show photo identification and sign an Absentee Ballot Return Form as required by state law (RSA 657:17).

PLEASE NOTE: Absentee ballots delivered by mail shall be accepted by the town or city clerk up to 5:00 p.m. election day.