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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Live discussions: make your voice heard

Right now, parents must sign a permission slip allowing a student to participate in a non-academic survey. Should this be changed back to an “opt-out” system?
May 21, 2019 - On Thursday, the New Hampshire House of Representatives will vote on SB 196, a bill that would make it easier for schools to give non-academic surveys to students.  In 2017, Gov. Sununu signed a bill that... read more
Should New Hampshire make it illegal to use a fake caller ID number for telemarketing purposes?
May 15, 2019 - Have you ever received a call from a local telephone number, only to pick up the phone and realize it was an automated telemarketer? Right now, the Senate is considering HB 577, a bill that would make it illegal to “spoof” a phone... read more
Would you support giving students a non-voting seat on your local school board?
May 10, 2019 - This fall, Manchester will ask voters whether they support the idea of creating a seat on the school board for a student. The student would have the right to participate in all school board deliberations and discussions. However, they... read more
Do you think it is unconstitutional to display a Bible at the POW/MIA table at the VA Medical Center in Manchester?
May 09, 2019 - U.S. Air Force veteran James Chamberlain, with the help of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, is suing the Manchester VA Medical Center over the display of a Bible at a POW/MIA table. About the POW/MIA table The POW/MIA table... read more
How do you think New Hampshire schools can fight the high rate of teen suicide?
Apr 16, 2019 - According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), suicide is the leading cause of death for New Hampshire residents age 15 through 19.  Data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows that 16% of... 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.

Majority support taxing church parking spaces - 398 participants
Dec 14, 2016 - New Hampshire's Supreme Court recently came to a decision in a dispute between St. George's Episcopal Church in Durham and the town of Durham. St. George's is one of several churches in the town that has been renting parking spaces to... read more
Strong majority support legally protecting celebrating winter holidays in NH schools - 520 participants
Dec 11, 2016 - In 2013, Texas passed the “Merry Christmas Bill”, a law that states that teachers and students have the right to display winter holiday decorations and exchange holiday greetings. The bill also allows for the display of menorahs, Christmas trees or... read more
Loaded firearms on snowmobiles?
Nov 30, 2016 - Rep. Mark Proulx is sponsoring a 2017 bill that would allow drivers to carry a loaded rifle or shotgun while on an ATV, snowmobile, boat, or other vehicle. Read more about this issue.  
Strong majority against new hotel on Mount Washington - 212 participants
Dec 08, 2016 - Developer Wayne Presby is interested in building a 35-room hotel about a mile below the summit of Mount Washington. Although there is no formal application, the Coos Planning Board recently held a meeting for Presby to discuss the proposal with the... read more
NH divided on declawing cats - 311 participants
Nov 27, 2016 - Last week, a legislative committee in New Jersey recommended passage of a bill that would ban the practice of declawing cats, making it an animal cruelty offense. Sanctions under the bill would fall on veterinarians who execute the procedure or cat... read more


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