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 create some sort of tax on second homes?
Apr 23, 2019 - New Hampshire budget writers are currently wrangling with that perennial question: where to find revenues to support key spending priorities, from education to mental health services. The New Hampshire House settled on a proposal to tax... read more
Should vaping be illegal anywhere smoking is illegal?
Apr 23, 2019 - On Thursday, April 25 the New Hampshire Senate will vote on a bill that would add e-cigarettes, vape pens, and similar devices to the Indoor Smoking Act.  That means it would be illegal to vape in public places such as restaurants and... 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
Should NH make coverage for essential health benefits and pre-existing conditions part of state law?
Apr 12, 2019 - New Hampshire has taken a step closer to passing an Affordable Care Act “backstop” law, which would write certain provisions of the ACA into state law. This would keep those provisions in effect if the ACA is repealed or revised at the... read more
Should NH allow swimming at some non-motorized boat launches?
Apr 11, 2019 - On Tuesday, April 16 the New Hampshire House will hold a hearing on a bill aimed at allowing swimming at non-motorized boat launches in the state.  As introduced, the bill would have allowed swimming at all non-motorized “car... 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.

Majority support mandate to bury Northern Pass lines - 68 participants
Mar 31, 2014 - Recently, the NH Senate held a public hearing on HB 569, which would require the state Site Evaluation Committee to give preference to any plan or project, including Northern Pass, that bury electrical lines and place them along public rights of way... read more
Majority oppose arresting parents whose protests interrupt school board meetings - 135 participants
May 17, 2014 - When we send our children off to school, we assume that for the most part the education they receive conforms to generally accepted—either implied or written—societal rules of moral decency. If such rules are crossed in some way, however, parents... read more
Majority oppose raising tobacco tax - 406 responses
Jan 12, 2013 - Even the most hardcore cigarette smokers acknowledge they are in the grip of a filthy, destructive addiction, yet they can take grim solace that their habit, via the state’s power to levy so-called sin taxes, helps bankroll social programs,... read more
Majority oppose increasing minimum wage - 86 participants
Dec 05, 2013 - While the idea that every working person should be paid a fair wage is not codified into law, it certainly rings true for most Americans. However, some say New Hampshire’s current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour places families well below the poverty... read more
Should NH police be able to take away guns from someone threatening suicide or harm to others?
Oct 30, 2013 - The notion that we are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law is perhaps one of the most cherished and inviolable rights enjoyed by our nation’s citizens. For many Live Free or Die (LFDA) Facebook members, however, a recent bill proposed by... read more


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