Libertarians did not "split the ticket" in 2018

Nov 15, 2018
Libertarian ballot

For the first time in twenty years, Libertarians had their own party column on New Hampshire ballots in 2018. Since Democrats took the New Hampshire House and Senate in 2018, it begs the question: did Libertarians "split the ticket" and steal Republican votes in 2018?

The answer seems to be "nope."

Libertarian participation in the 2018 midterm

Libertarians ran in 27 state districts in the general election this year.

Voter ID in the Granite State

Sep 11, 2018
voter ID

In 2018 thirty-four states, including New Hampshire, require voters to present ID at the polls.

In each of those states, if a voter does not show ID, he or she may sign an affidavit or cast some form of provisional ballot that requires additional verification.

NH’s voter ID law

In general, New Hampshire law requires voters to present a valid form of ID to get a ballot. The following are accepted IDs:

Should NH Reps impeach Trump?

Aug 13, 2018
Donald Trump impeachment

New Hampshire candidates for U.S. Congress are frequently asked, “Would you vote to impeach President Donald Trump?”

How does impeachment work?

The U.S. Constitution allows for the impeachment and removal of a president for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” There is no strict definition of what crimes fall under that clause.

To impeach a president, first a majority of the U.S. House of Representatives must vote for impeachment. This is like charging the president with a crime.

Citizens Count launches 950 candidate profiles

Jul 20, 2018
2018 NH candidates

This week Citizens Count launched profile pages for 950 candidates for state and federal office in New Hampshire.

Visit our election pages to see profiles for your candidates

Citizens Count has also sent our 2018 Issue Survey to each candidate, asking them to share their positions on policy issues picked by the Citizens Count community.

Questions cover issues from gun control, to income taxes, to the role of New Hampshire in immigration enforcement.

Attorney General cracks down on campaign finance

Jul 09, 2018
campaign finance

The New Hampshire Attorney General reviewed all of the 142 campaign finance reports from June and found fault in 73 of them.

NH law requires detailed campaign finance reports

Generally speaking, New Hampshire candidates and campaign committees must report donations and expenditures once they exceed $500 in total.  New Hampshire law requires those reports to include detailed information, such as the name and address of each donor over $25.

32 candidates for US House, 6 for governor

Jul 02, 2018
new hampshire primary

The filing period for 2018 candidates closed in June. Voters have a wide array of candidates to choose from in the September 11 primary.

The race for governor

Gov. Chris Sununu doesn’t have a Republican challenger in the primary.

After qualifying for full party status, the Libertarians have two candidates for governor: Aaron Day and Jilletta Jarvis.

New poll: Sununu popular, Trump not

May 02, 2018
Sununu and Trump

A new poll shows that Gov. Chris Sununu is very popular in New Hampshire, while Pres. Donald Trump is not.

The poll comes from the Saint Anselm College Survey Center by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP). The survey included 630 randomly-selected registered voters.

62% said they had a favorable opinion of Sununu. 58% said they had an unfavorable opinion of Trump.

What do you want to ask the candidates?

Apr 13, 2018
elections 2018

In just two months candidates for state representative, state senator, executive councilor, and governor will file for the 2018 election. We send each of those candidates a survey on the issues, so voters know where the candidates stand.

We’ve started drafting our 2018 survey, and we want to ask about the issues most important to you. What do you want us to ask the candidates? Let us know in the comments below or send us an email.

In 2016 we asked about the following issues:

Molly Kelly joins race for NH governor

Apr 11, 2018
Molly Kelly for governor

On Tuesday, April 10 former state senator Molly Kelly announced she is running as a Democrat for New Hampshire governor. 

She joins former Portsmouth mayor Steve Marchand, who announced his campaign shortly after losing the Democratic nomination in 2016. 

Whoever wins the Democratic primary will face an uphill battle against Republican Chris Sununu, who has strong approval ratings among Independent voters, in particular. 

Who will take Shea-Porter's seat?

Oct 10, 2017
Shea-Porter and unknown candidates

Over the weekend Rep. Carol Shea-Porter announced she would not run for reelection to New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District.

Her decision leaves the race wide open for both parties in 2018.  Here are some of the potential candidates.


Mindi Messmer - current state representative and environmental consultant

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