Live Free or Die
Your constitutional rights as a NH Citizen
While the words “Live Free or Die” do not appear in the New Hampshire constitution, that spirit is clear throughout our state’s Bill of Rights. At Citizens Count, we work hard to promote public awareness regarding your constitutional rights and power as an individual. Below, you’ll find some of our services to help citizens get involved in their democracy at the state level.
NH Bill of Rights Article 8: Public’s Right to Know
“All power residing originally in, and being derived from, the people, all the magistrates and officers of government are their substitutes and agents, and at all times accountable to them. Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive. To that end, the public’s right of access to governmental proceedings and records shall not be unreasonably restricted. …"
Citizens Count makes it easy to learn more about topics that matter to the Granite State. Whether you’re looking to learn about current laws or explore the debate around proposed policy, you can get up-to-speed using our Topic pages.
NH Bill of Rights Article 31: Meetings of Legislature, for What Purposes
“The Legislature shall assemble for the redress of public grievances and for making such laws as the public good may require.”
Every year, the New Hampshire Legislature considers around 1,000 bills ranging from everything from marijuana legalization to gun control. Follow the proposals as they make their way through the Statehouse by visiting our Bills page.
NH Bill of Rights Article 32: Rights of Assembly, Instruction, and Petition
“The People have a right, in an orderly and peaceable manner, to assemble and consult upon the common good, give instructions to their Representatives, and to request of the legislative body, by way of petition or remonstrance, redress of the wrongs done them, and of the grievances they suffer.”
Do you have a bill you want written, but don’t know where to start? Sometimes the best way to begin is to reach out to your representatives in Concord and let them know what you’d like to see changed. You can learn how to call, email, or send a letter to your representatives by viewing our Elected Official profiles.
NH Bill of Rights Article 11: Elections
“All elections are to be free, and every inhabitant of the state of 18 years of age and upwards shall have an equal right to vote in any election. …"
Don’t go into the voting booth unprepared; you can get informed about the candidates who will appear on your ballot and where they stand on the issues you care about by visiting our Elections page.