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

Should all NH House committee meetings be recorded and made available to the public online?
Jan 16, 2019 - Currently, certain sessions of the full House and Senate are live-streamed. The audio and/or a video file is then made available on the General Court website. A select few committee meetings or public hearings get similar treatment, but... read more
Do you support a constitutional amendment that creates an independent commission to draw voting districts in New Hampshire, rather than letting the Legislature draw the districts?
Jan 16, 2019 - Rep. David Doherty (D-Pembroke) is sponsoring a New Hampshire constitutional amendment that would establish an independent commission to draw voting districts in New Hampshire. Redistricting now in NH Under current state law,... read more
Should New Hampshire repeal its death penalty?
Jan 15, 2019 - New Hampshire is the only state in New England that still puts people to death for committing certain types of murders. As the state’s law currently stands, not all murders are eligible for a death sentence.  However,... read more
Should New Hampshire make it easy to have convictions for possession of less than ¾ ounce of marijuana erased from a person's criminal record?
Jan 14, 2019 - When it comes to marijuana in the Granite State, only patients with a prescription card can possess up to two ounces of medicinal cannabis. Possession of pot in any other circumstance is illegal. New Hampshire’s marijuana laws did... read more
Should New Hampshire raise the marriage age from 16 to 18?
Jan 11, 2019 - Last year, the Legislature voted to raise the minimum age for marriage in New Hampshire to 16 years old. This year, lawmakers will consider a bill raising that age to 18.  The 2019 bill, HB 378, also repeals the ability of... read more
Should New Hampshire guarantee level grants for school districts with falling enrollment, so that those schools will not lose state funding?
Jan 11, 2019 - Rep. Rick Ladd (R-Haverhill) is sponsoring a 2019 bill that would stop the phase-out of extra funding for school districts with falling enrollment. The current NH school funding system Under the current New Hampshire school... 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 fetal homicide bill - 92 participants
Dec 17, 2013 - When the United States Supreme Court defined fetus viability at 28 weeks in its controversial decision in Roe V. Wade in 1973, it attempted to legally answer a profound question: When does human life begin? The ruling, however, does not satisfy the... read more
Strong majority oppose abolishing death penalty - 201 participants
Apr 22, 2014 - Few punishments in our legal system engender such diametrically opposed viewpoints as does the death penalty, as those for it argue the sentence should fit the crime, while opponents cite strong moral objections. On April 22, Citizens Count, NH... read more
Would you support the sales of 'smart guns' in New Hampshire?
May 28, 2014 - While there may never be a consensus as to what constitutes a ‘smart’ decision regarding how and when a firearm should be utilized, recent developments in computer technology could render such debates academic. Referred to as ‘smart guns,’ these... read more
Strong majority support body cameras for troopers - 366 participants
Dec 07, 2014 - Following the highly publicized police shooting of an unarmed citizen in Ferguson MO, President Barack Obama announced a plan to partially fund the distribution of body cameras to police across the nation. The effort was echoed in New Hampshire by a... read more


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