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New Hampshire

November 5, 2012

N.H. voters face big decisions

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Whether voters agree or disagree with those actions, this is their chance for their voices to be heard, Tentarelli said.

In fact, that is the league’s slogan: “Your vote is your voice.”

A member of the league sent Tentarelli a message yesterday that she had to share: “You can groan or you can gloat, but you can’t do either if you don’t vote.”

Atkinson town moderator Jim Garrity has some advice for voters.

“Do your homework,” Garrity said.

Voters who want to review the ballot before going to the polls should visit the Secretary of State’s website, sos.nh.gov, which has sample ballots for all New Hampshire communities. Ballots also are posted at local polling places today, Garrity said.

Voters may need to be patient.

“Be ready for a potential line, especially in rush hour,” Garrity said.

Peak times would be 7 this morning, before people go to work, then at lunchtime, right after school and again at night when people get out of work.

This is a presidential election, which always brings out the most voters.

“It will be heavy all day,” Garrity said.

Election workers will be requesting voter IDs today.

“Have your photo ID ready,” Garrity recommends.

That will get you through voting sooner, he said.

Want your vote to count?

“Color inside the dot,” Garrity said. “Follow the directions.”

Voters in most towns will have a chance to help community causes outside the polls. Often tables are set up by school or other civic groups.

In Atkinson, a group of a dozen students from the Advanced Placement government class will be assisting voters as greeters. They will help people get in the right line or find parking spots, Garrity said.

Voters need to be careful driving around polling places, even where police are directing traffic.

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