Citizen Voices®

Citizen Voices makes it possible for people to take part in how policies are made in New Hampshire in an easy and convenient way: online.

We post clear ‘yes or no’ questions about hot issues facing the Granite State, inviting citizens to share their opinions. We analyze the discussion, summarizing the results in an easy-to-read report which we then deliver to elected officials at key points in the policy-making process, often including in-person presentation at a public hearing or emailing the New Hampshire House or Senate ahead of votes on related bills. Click here to learn more about how it's done.

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Should New Hampshire’s representatives in Congress move to make Puerto Rico a state?
Mar 20, 2019 - The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico held a referendum in June of 2017 where 97.18% of voters favored statehood. The vote faced criticism for low turnout, at just 23%, due to a boycott by members of the political party on the island in favor... read more
Should NH do more to enforce the state’s lobbying laws?
Mar 15, 2019 - A recent report by the Union Leader’s Kevin Landrigan highlighted the challenge of tracking lobbying activity in the Granite State.  Lobbyists in New Hampshire are required to register with the secretary of state’s office and must... read more
Should employers be allowed to inquire about a job applicant’s salary history?
Mar 15, 2019 - On Valentine’s Day, the New Hampshire House passed HB 211, which makes it illegal to ask a prospective employee about wage or salary history. The bill also states that “No employer shall use an employee's prior wage and salary history... read more
Should NH ban anyone convicted of felony animal abuse from owning or living with animals for a minimum of five years?
Mar 13, 2019 - Right now, the New Hampshire Legislature is considering a bill to clarify and strengthen penalties for animal abusers. The bill adds language to the existing state animal cruelty laws. For example, it requires courts to hold a preliminary... read more
Should NH create a tax on capital gains in order to lower state property taxes and increase public school funding?
Mar 08, 2019 - The NH Legislature is currently debating a bill that would create a 5% tax on capital gains, lower the state education property tax, and increase funding to public schools.   The problem of property-poor towns... read more
Should NH increase how much mental health providers are paid for services to Medicaid patients?
Feb 28, 2019 - New Hampshire’s Medicaid program sets the rates for how much it will reimburse providers for a service, which is like the way insurance companies negotiate prices with health care providers. Some lawmakers believe New Hampshire needs to... read more
Have you or a loved one sought out treatment for opioid addiction in New Hampshire? What was your experience like?
Feb 27, 2019 - In 2018, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services won a $45 million grant to help fund a new statewide system for curbing opioid addiction. The new “hub and spoke” program, which kicked off on January 1, creates an... read more

Browse the archive: see where citizens stand

Explore our archive of over 300 past Citizen Voices reports by choosing an issue category, or search for specific keywords (e.g. "guns", "animals") to find related reports.

Should NH implement a needle exchange program?
Jan 24, 2017 - Representative Lino Avellani, R - Sanbornville, is sponsoring HB 610, a bill that would implement needle exchange programs in New Hampshire. Avellani's bill would only authorize needle exchanges operated by AIDS service organizations,... read more
Legal marijuana in NH?
Jan 26, 2017 - On the heels of recent votes to legalize recreational marijuana in the neighboring states of Maine and Massachusetts, a New Hampshire bill, HB 656, would legalize and tax marijuana cultivation and use for persons age twenty-one and older here... read more
Slight majority oppose repeal of the renewable portfolio standard - 104 participants
Jan 19, 2017 - New Hampshire’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) requires utility companies to obtain a certain percentage of electricity from renewable energy sources. Rep. Bart Fromuth is sponsoring a 2017 bill, HB 225, to repeal the... read more
Majority oppose allowing towns to regulate plastic bags
Jan 16, 2017 - Rep. Christy Bartlett is sponsoring a 2017 bill, HB 481, that would allow towns to either prohibit the distribution of plastic shopping bags or require retailers to collect a charge for plastic shopping bags. Right now towns are not... read more
Strong majority supports putting cameras on school buses – 1,304 participants
Dec 21, 2016 - Several states have passed laws allowing school districts to mount cameras on school buses to record whether drivers are passing illegally when buses are stopped to let off or pick up children. On December 21, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die... read more


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