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

Do you think your town should allow “green” burials in its cemetery or cemeteries?
May 24, 2019 - Green burials are aimed at returning bodies to the earth with minimal environmental impact. Generally, bodies in green burials aren’t embalmed. They’re put in biodegradable caskets or are buried without a casket. Green burials also usually... read more
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.

Would you support a seasonal ban on fireworks use in your town?
Dec 04, 2016 - Officials in Rochester are considering a proposal that would ban the use of fireworks except for select holidays and during the months of June, July and August. Currently, fireworks are legal to use in Rochester year-round. Read more about this... read more
Majority believe claims of voter fraud in NH - 390 participants, 1058 responses
Nov 28, 2016 - On November 27 president-elect Donald Trump tweeted, "Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California - so why isn't the media reporting on this? Serious bias - big problem!" Trump's team did not respond to media requests for... read more
Strong majority say store workers should be entitled to overtime pay on Thanksgiving - 364 participants
Nov 23, 2016 - Earlier this year, lawmakers in California shot down a measure that would have granted employees required to work on Thanksgiving time-and-a-half pay. The bill applied only to retail and grocery store workers at businesses with more than 500... read more
NH divided on rumble strips - 167 participants
Nov 21, 2016 - The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (DOT) is placing a moratorium on new rumble strips through 2017 due to public opposition, according to the Union Leader. Rumble strips are striped indentations in pavement along center lines or... read more
Strong majority not concerned about rising sea levels - 156 participants
Dec 03, 2016 - In December, the Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission released a report outlining recommendations for state and local officials to respond to a projected rise in sea levels. The report estimates that sea levels on the New... read more


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