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 the state pay for towns to upgrade water treatment systems after the state implements stricter standards for PFAS contamination?
Jul 19, 2019 - The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services recently passed stricter rules for the amount of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that can be in public water. The rules are scheduled to go into effect this October.... read more
Should local schools be required to give academic credit for learning programs outside the classroom?
Jul 16, 2019 - New Hampshire is in the process of developing a system that will allow educational programs outside schools to give students credit for graduation.  The initiative is called “Learn Everywhere.”  How it works ... read more
Should New Hampshire raise the age to buy tobacco products to twenty-one?
Jun 25, 2019 - On Thursday the New Hampshire House and Senate will vote on a state budget that includes a new law raising the age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old.  That restriction covers e-... 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.

Citizens divided on pipeline construction - 237 responses
Mar 23, 2014 - While the exact causes may be in dispute, the fact that the cost of electricity is rising is not, as rates have increased 55 percent in New England in the past year. Electricity providers claim more regional gas pipelines are needed and all six New... read more
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


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