The Clerks office is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday thru Friday. They can be reached by phone at 603-352-0133.
In 2019 the City of Keene will hold two local elections, including the Municipal Primary scheduled for October 8, 2019, and the Municipal General Election scheduled for November 5, 2019. Information on offices to be elected and how to file for office can be found below.
Running for Local Office
Offices on the ballot at our Municipal Elections include: Mayor, Ward Councilors, Councilors-at-Large, Ward Moderators, Ward Selectmen, Ward Clerks and Ward Checklist Supervisors. Those interested in running for one of these offices must be a registered voter in the ward or voting district they would be representing.
There are two ways to file:
1. By completing a Declaration of Candidacy form at the Office of the City Clerk and paying a filing fee of $5.00 to run for Mayor, or $2.00 for all other offices on the ballot. The filing period by declaration begins at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, and continues until 5:00 PM on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.
2. By collecting the signatures of 50 duly qualified registered voters in the ward or voting district and submitting your petition to the Office of the City Clerk. The filing period by petition begins at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, and continues until 5:00 PM on Friday, September 13, 2019. This option does not require a filing fee. The petition forms needed can be obtained from the City Clerk.
Do you have questions about the duties and obligations of one of these positions, or considering throwing your hat in the ring? Please contact us with any questions and we would be happy to assist!
The City Clerk’s Office accepts voter registrations from Keene residents Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM up to 7 to 10 days before an election. To register you must be able to prove identity, age, residency and citizenship. A New Hampshire Driver’s License with your current Keene address will provide proof of identity, age and residency. An affidavit is available to prove citizenship. Any questions regarding needed documentation can be directed to the City Clerk’s Office.
If you are unable to stop by during open registration, there are other registration opportunities such as voter drives, at a Checklist Supervisor’s session or on election day at the polls. Please contact us with any questions.
Looking for more information about voting in the State of New Hampshire? Go to the State of New Hampshire Secretary of State's website for further details.
Where Do I Vote?
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: Monadnock Covenant Church
90 Base Hill Road
*Polls are open 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Please click here to view a map of the polling locations in Keene.
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:
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, Libertarian or Democratic Ballot. Please contact your city or town clerk to confirm your party affiliation.
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.