How to Fill Out an Application to Receive an Absentee Ballot for the November 3 General Election

You may download and print an application here.  If you don't have a printer,  contact Anne Huberman to get a copy.

Here's how to fill out each section:

I.     If you are already registered to vote in Peterborough, check the first box.  If you have not yet registered in Peterborough, check the second box in Section I. Note that concern about COVID-19 is sufficient reason to check the second box to request voter registration materials by mail.  You may also register in person with the Town Clerk.  If you need help registering to vote, please contact Mary Vallier-Kaplan.

II.     If other reasons don't apply, you may check the fourth box, stating that "I am unable to vote in person due to concern for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)."  

III.      Check off the box for "State General Election to be held on November 3, 2020"

IV.     Turn the form over and print your last, first, and middle names.  Then print your RiverMead address including your unit #.  Leave the ward blank.  (Peterborough does not have wards.)  If you will be away and want the ballot mailed to a different address, fill that in. Otherwise leave that second address blank.  Then fill in your phone number and email address (if you have one) so that the Town Clerk can contact you if she has any questions about your application.  Then sign and print your name. Your application will be rejected if it has no signature.  (In 2018 a federal judge ruled that local election officials cannot reject absentee ballots merely because they think the voter's signature looks different than it does on an earlier affidavit, calling the process fundamentally flawed.” Town clerks no longer try to match signatures.)

Mail your application to Linda Guyette, Town Clerk, 1 Grove St., Peterborough, NH 03458.

OR fax it to 603-924-8001

OR scan (no electronic signatures) and then email it to

To see advice from Open Democracy on filling out the absentee ballot request form, click here.