What You Need To Know About Today's Election

Nov 4, 2014

Credit Tracy Lee Carroll, NHPR

Here are some of the important facts about today's election in New Hampshire. You can also read NHPR's reporting on the candidates and find all of our election coverage and resources right here. 

RACES TO WATCH

U.S. Senate: Incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen is vying for a second term. She's up against Scott Brown, the former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts who is trying to become just the third person to represent two states in the Senate.

Governor: Maggie Hassan aims for a second, two-year term in Concord. The Democrat is opposed by Republican businessman Walt Havenstein in a race dominated by economic themes. It's rare for a first-term governor to be ousted.

U.S. House: In the 1st Congressional District, incumbent Democrat Carol Shea-Porter and Republican Frank Guinta face off for the third time. Annie Kuster, in the 2nd Congressional District, takes aim at a second term against Republican state Rep. Marilinda Garcia.

Legislature: Republicans in the state Senate currently have a 13-11 edge over Democrats. In the House of Representatives, a massive Republican wave could wrest control of the chamber from Democrats.

Local Races: The Live Free or Die alliance has created an app that lets you look up all the candidates on the ballot in your town. You can download it for iTunes or Android right here. 

POLLS & VOTING

Polling places open between 6 and 11 a.m. depending on location. They close between 7 and 8 p.m.

Search for a polling place here. Find a simplified list of voting locations here. 

Learn about New Hampshire's voter ID law here. 

Read about the N.H. Attorney General's voter complaint hotline. The phone number is: 1-866-868-3703 or 1-866-VOTER03

SAME DAY REGISTRATION

Eligible voters can register in person on Election Day. Voters will need to show proof of identity, age, citizenship and home address. These qualifications may be established by signing an affidavit.

PARTY BREAKDOWN

As of Sept. 9, the number of registered voters by party was:

Democrats: 235,948

Republicans: 264,502

Undeclared: 367,732

TURNOUT IN LAST MIDTERM ELECTION

In 2010, about 486,000 people cast ballots either in person or by absentee. That's slightly more than 50 percent of the total registered voters at the time.