Curtis Moore has voted in New Hampshire since 2008. He says he’s got a New Hampshire driver’s license and a New Hampshire mailing address in the town of Randolph — where he’s worked off and on for the Randolph and Appalachian Mountain Clubs for nearly two decades. As far as he can recall, registering to vote here in the first place was pretty simple. “I just went to the town clerk and gave her an address,” Moore says. “I think I did have a New Hampshire license at the time that maybe she looked at. Maybe not.” Either way, he says, “I had a couple of things for proof.” Right now, though, Moore’s not in New Hampshire. In fact, he spends very little time in the state these days. “When I initially became a New Hampshire resident, it was probably close to 50 percent of the year,” Moore says. “Now, it’s probably more like 10 percent — or maybe even less. It’s dwindled with time.” Moore’s line of work takes him all over the place. Right now, he’s in New Zealand, but he plans to be back in the summer.
Last November, Moore voted absentee from Arizona — where, at the time, he was living in an unheated yurt in a friend’s backyard while working for the National Parks Service. For the 2016 presidential primary, he voted via absentee ballot from the South Pole — where he was doing facilities maintenance.
The last time Moore voted in person in a New Hampshire election was, he thinks, 2009 or 2010. (He says he was living in Randolph for the 2012 elections but was scheduled to be working for the Appalachian Mountain Club in Maine — so he voted absentee that year, too.)
And Moore’s not alone. Randolph Town Clerk Anne Kenison says she frequently deals with local trailworkers (like Moore) who put down roots in New Hampshire’s mountains but spend large chunks of the year elsewhere, sometimes on the other side of the Earth. “I have consistently sent ballots to the South Pole for a long time,” Kenison says. “For different people, not the same person.”