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 New Hampshire’s representatives in Congress move to make Puerto Rico a state?
Mar 20, 2019 - The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico held a referendum in June of 2017 where 97.18% of voters favored statehood. The vote faced criticism for low turnout, at just 23%, due to a boycott by members of the political party on the island in favor... read more
Should NH do more to enforce the state’s lobbying laws?
Mar 15, 2019 - A recent report by the Union Leader’s Kevin Landrigan highlighted the challenge of tracking lobbying activity in the Granite State.  Lobbyists in New Hampshire are required to register with the secretary of state’s office and must... read more
Should employers be allowed to inquire about a job applicant’s salary history?
Mar 15, 2019 - On Valentine’s Day, the New Hampshire House passed HB 211, which makes it illegal to ask a prospective employee about wage or salary history. The bill also states that “No employer shall use an employee's prior wage and salary history... read more
Should NH ban anyone convicted of felony animal abuse from owning or living with animals for a minimum of five years?
Mar 13, 2019 - Right now, the New Hampshire Legislature is considering a bill to clarify and strengthen penalties for animal abusers. The bill adds language to the existing state animal cruelty laws. For example, it requires courts to hold a preliminary... read more
Should NH create a tax on capital gains in order to lower state property taxes and increase public school funding?
Mar 08, 2019 - The NH Legislature is currently debating a bill that would create a 5% tax on capital gains, lower the state education property tax, and increase funding to public schools.   The problem of property-poor towns... 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.

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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