PRESS RELEASE from NH Secretary of State's Office
September 30, 2011    11:15 a.m.

New Hampshire Secretary of State’s Office

In a statement released today, following Florida’s decision to conduct its primary in January, Secretary of State William Gardner made the following comments:

    "For more than half a century, beginning in 1916, the New Hampshire Presidential Primary was held every four years on the second Tuesday of March, our traditional town meeting day.

    In 1972, the State of Florida decided by law to have its Presidential Primary on the same day as New Hampshire. They were not successful. Since then we have not been able to continue having the primary on the second Tuesday in March, the only date specified in our state law to this day.

    Unfortunately, we will be unable to have the upcoming Presidential Primary on the second Tuesday in March and still continue to honor the tradition of our First in the Nation Presidential Primary.

    Because we cannot rule out the possibility of conducting the primary before the end of this year, we are, regrettably, as we were four years ago, forced to move the presidential candidates filing period to October."

The two-week filing period for the upcoming NEW HAMPSHIRE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY will begin on Monday, October 17, 2011 and end on Friday, October 28, 2011.

Filings will be accepted at the Secretary of State's Office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The office will be open until 5:00 p.m. on the last day of the filing period. Any filing made on the LAST day (October 28, 2011) of the filing period must be made IN PERSON by the candidate.

The Declaration of Candidacy form is available on the Secretary of State's website: This form and the fee of $1,000 (cash or certified check) is required to be submitted by any person filing for the Office of President of the United States.

The last day for voters interested in changing their party affiliation is Friday, October 14, 2011. The supervisors of the checklist in every town will be meeting at a minimum of between 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on that day for the purpose of correcting the checklist.