N.H. Primary 101 — When and Where to Vote, and What to Make of the Returns

Feb 8, 2016

We’re less than 24 hours away from the polls opening in New Hampshire.

For voters, that means less than 24 hours to arrive at any final decisions on which candidate to support — or even which primary to participate in. For candidates and political observers, that means less than 24 hours to get in their final pitches and then watching closely — especially in a handful of critical areas — for early predictions of who might emerge as the winners.

With this in mind, NHPR has two new maps meant to help you before you head to the polls and, later on, as you’re trying to make sense of the results.

If you need to find out where to vote and what time your polling place is open, check out this interactive. There, you’ll also find the basics of the state’s voter ID laws and information on voter rights in general. 

If you’re looking for some guidance once the vote counts start to trickle in, check out this cheat sheet of towns to watch for early signs of the overall results. On the Democratic side, we’ve zeroed in towns that played a key role in determining the 2008 primary outcome. On the Republican side, we’ve highlighted a cluster of communities that have a decades-long history of being captured by the overall primary winner. 

And if you need any help sorting through your last-minute primary deliberations, check out our Primary Voters’ Guide for information on the candidates’ policy positions, stories from the campaign trail over the last year and more.