Get out and Vote!

Posted 5 days ago

The Granite State Organizing Project, the NH Council of Churches and St. Peter's wants to make sure that you are able to get out and VOTE this November! 

 

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Everything You Need To Know About Voting in 2020

October 6, 2020 at 6:00pm
Register for this Zoom call now!

This Zoom presentation will inform church members about the specifics of voting and absentee ballots in 2020. This conversation will include ample time for Q&A so that participants have clarity about the steps they need to vote safely in this election. This webinar is meant for all clergy and lay members of churches and will be strictly nonpartisan.

The NH Council of Churches hopes that clergy and lay leaders can share the registration link to the October 6 presentation widely within their congregations. This presentation and Q&A session will be intended for a general audience.

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Have You Planned Ahead for this Fall's Elections?

COVID-19 has changed the way that many New Hampshire citizens will vote this fall.  If you are older, have medical conditions, or have other concerns about contracting COVID-19, you may want to consider voting by absentee ballot. Voting this way will help keep you, your family, and your poll workers safer.

 

Get an Application

To vote by absentee ballot, you must first download or request an absentee ballot application from your town or city website, or by calling or writing to the town or city clerk's office.  You can also go to the NH Secretary of State's website at SOS.NH.GOV/VotingEmergency.aspx.    Local churches may also provide these applications to you.    Complete the application, and mail it back to your local town or city clerk, OR you can drop it off to the clerk directly.    

 

The Absentee Ballot

Once your application has been accepted, your town or city clerk will send you your ballot and instructions, 3-5 week prior to the election.  Fill it out as soon as possible, and return it by mail by Oct. 15 or sooner, if possible.  The new rules allow you to choose “disability” on the affidavit envelope for COVID-19.   Help our election officials and send it back early!   You can also return it directly to the clerk’s office, or up to 5 p.m. on election day.

 

Can I Still Vote In Person?

Yes!  The polls will be open as usual, but special protection measures are being put in place to protect the voters and poll workers.   Wear your mask, bring hand sanitizer, and your own black pen.   Lines may be longer and voting may be slower than usual.    

 

What else can I do?

Volunteers are welcome to participate in phonebanking to low-propensity NH voters, textbanking to turn out their friends, or both. These are proven-effective ways to boost turnout. There are many upcoming trainings to orient people to phonebanking or relational textbanking. The training will give them everything they need to get started. We just ask that if they attend the training they volunteer for at least a few hours of phonebanking. For more information, contact Fr. Colin or Chris Potter (Faith Community Organizer
at GSOP) for more information.