Voting is a fundamental right, as it is one of the rights from which all other freedoms flow. Nearly every citizen of the United States is entitled to register and vote somewhere. In most cases, people register where their primary residence is. However, citizens who are in transition, homeless, living oversees, in college, etc. must have equal access to the fundamental right of voting.
THE "PILLOW TEST"
If you are not sure where your primary residence is, use the “pillow test”: Where do you lay your head down to sleep most nights?
EXCEPTIONS TO THE "PILLOW TEST"
Exceptions to this are college students, who may vote in either the college town where they live now, or their home town, if they intend to return there after school; overseas citizens and members of the armed forces; and senior citizens, who may continue to vote in their home town even if they move to a retirement home in another town.
1)Same Day Registration. Register at the polls on Election Day.
2)Register with the Supervisors of the Checklist at one of their scheduled sessions. Sessions are usually 10 days prior to the Election and will be posted in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, at the Library, and on the Town Hall bulletin board.
3)Register with the Town Clerk during regular Town Clerk's hours.
4)If you are out of town, you can get an absentee voter registration form from the Town Clerk, as well as an absentee ballot.
Always Bring Proof of Residence!
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PROOF of CITIZENSHIP, AGE, & DOMICILE
In order to register to vote you must fill out a voter registration form and must have proof of your citizenship, age, and domicile. Bring your drivers’ license, and make sure that it has your current street address on it. Or bring another picture I.D. and some proof of domicile. Proof of domicile can be any reasonable documentation indicating that you live in Bennington, like an electric bill or rental agreement.
WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE ANY OF THESE?
If you do not have documentation regarding domicile you may sign an affidavit declaring your domicile. The affidavit may be sworn before a justice of the peace, notary public, or the Town Moderator on Election Day.