New Hampshire Governor

Employer / Organization

New Hampshire

Next Election

Nov 03, 2020

Filing Window

Jun 03, 2020 - Jun 12, 2020


The Governor of the State of New Hampshire is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch and the highest state office in New Hampshire. The governor is popularly elected every two years by a plurality and has no term limit. Unlike in many other states in which Executive Councils are merely advisory, the Executive Council of New Hampshire has a strong check on the governor's power. The five-member Executive Council has a veto over many actions of the governor. Under Article 47, both the governor and the council "have a negative" on one another. Together, the governor and Executive Council approve contracts with a value of $5,000 or more, approve pardons, and appoint the directors and commissioners, judges, the attorney general and officers in the National Guard. The governor has the sole power to veto bills, subject to a two-thirds legislative override, and to command the state National Guard. Other duties and privileges of the office include: Adjourning the legislature when the two chambers cannot agree to do so, prolonging and convening the legislature for extraordinary reasons (for no more than 90 days) and moving the meeting place of the legislature, making all appointments for "judicial officers, the attorney general, and all officers of the navy, and general and field officers of the militia" with the approval of the General Court, granting pardons (not including to impeachment), and granting a warrant, subject to approval from the Council, before the Treasury may issue funds. The salary for this position is $121,896/year.

Application Guidelines
To file for this position follow these three steps: 1) Contact the New Hampshire Secretary of State Elections Division to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Obtain candidacy filing paperwork. 2) Complete the required candidacy paperwork including, a declaration of intent, petition requirements, a filing fee, campaign finance forms and other office specific requirements. Inquire into primary election details if you plan to run as a partisan candidate. Next file these papers with the appropriate filing officer. If you plan to run as an independent you must gain a stipulated amount of nomination paper signatures. The amount of signatures varies by office. These signatures must be submitted to be certified by town or city Supervisors of the Checklist by the Wednesday 5 weeks before the primary. 3) Submit the filing paperwork with the required signatures or filing fee by the filing window deadline to the applicable election official in order to appear on the primary or general election ballot in November. The filing window during which a candidate must file their declaration of intent is from the first Wednesday in June and the Friday of the following week. For the 2016 election, this is from June 1st, 2016 to June 10th, 2016. Party candidates can file through either a fee or a primary petition. For independent candidates, a fee and nomination papers are required. For the 2016 election, the last day to submit signed nomination papers to the Supervisors of the Checklist in each town or city is August 10th, 2016. Once certified, these nomination papers are due to the New Hampshire Secretary of State's Office September 7th, 2016 (the Wednesday one week before the primary). The New Hampshire Secretary of State Elections Division, which serves as the point of contact for any questions or concerns, can be reached at (603) 271-3242. The election calendar and other pertinent information can be found here:

Submit application to:
New Hampshire Secretary of State, 107 North Main Street, Concord, NH, 03301, US