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 NH require the makers of digital devices to make the necessary tools, parts, and documentation for repairing those devices available to anyone, instead of just their official repair shops?
Feb 19, 2019 - New Hampshire is one of about two dozen states to consider a “right-to-repair” law.   Whether it’s a dying battery or a more serious issue, users of modern electronics equipment usually have to... read more
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Should NH prohibit businesses such as restaurants and cafes from giving customers disposable plastic straws, unless a customer specifically requests one?
Feb 15, 2019 - California recently became the first state to ban single-use plastic straws in many food service businesses, unless a customer specifically requests one.   Rep. Judith Spang would like to see a similar policy put into place... read more
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Should the state require health insurers to cover fertility treatment if it is medically necessary?
Feb 15, 2019 - Sen. Martha Hennessey is sponsoring a 2019 bill that would require health insurers to cover some fertility treatments and fertility preservation.   The bill, SB 279, specifically requires coverage for: Diagnosis of... read more
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Should primary day and Election Day be statewide holidays, with mandated time off?
Feb 12, 2019 - New Hampshire voters can have difficulty making it to the polls amid work and family obligations. Polling places tend to be heavily congested around lunchtime and 5 p.m. Rep. Ellen Read has proposed HB 506, a... read more
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Should New Hampshire repeal the law allowing public elementary school teachers to recite the Lord’s Prayer with their students?
Feb 08, 2019 - A New Hampshire law from 1975 states that school districts may authorize the recitation of the traditional Lord’s Prayer in public elementary schools. The law makes clear that saying the prayer would be voluntary for students.... read more
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Should New Hampshire require that middle and high schools offer feminine hygiene products in restrooms free of charge?
Feb 08, 2019 - After being approached by a high school student about an issue described as “period poverty,” state Sen. Martha Hennessey is sponsoring a 2019 bill that would require middle and high schools to offer feminine hygiene products in... read more
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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.

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
Would you support allowing drinking alcohol in public in your town?
Nov 19, 2016 - Cities such as New Orleans and Memphis have long tried to boost tourism and the entertainment economy by allowing legal outdoor drinking. More recently, the town of Canton, Ohio set aside 42 blocks of its downtown as an “outdoor refreshment area”,... read more
Strong majority against raising cigarette tax - 437 participants, 789 responses
Dec 06, 2016 - Earlier in November, voters in California passed Proposition 56, a ballot measure that increases the state’s cigarette tax by $2 with the proceeds going to fund tobacco cessation services and Medi-Cal, the state’s low income health care program... read more
Strong majority support allowing ballot initiatives in NH - 372 participants
Nov 09, 2016 - In addition to electing a new president, this election saw voters in several states weigh in on key policy issues that appeared on their ballots thanks not to legislators, but to the efforts of fellow citizens. These included ballot initiatives in... read more
Citizens unanimously oppose fining new homeowners for old code violations - 127 participants
Oct 29, 2016 - In Farmington, a family is facing possible fines of $550 per day from the town for code violations related to their new home, as the previous owners finished the attic and basement without proper permits. As a remedy, the family must return the... read more

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