Ballots & Brews

Democracy is for everyone, but only a fraction of New Hampshire residents get involved in the political process beyond voting in general elections - or even know how to start. We want to work together to fix that.

Join us for our Ballots and Brews event on Wednesday, May 1st, at the Barcode Lounge & Grill in Manchester for an approachable introduction to the New Hampshire legislative process. In this relaxed atmosphere, we will discuss why voters' rights and civic engagement matter, the importance of campaign finance and redistricting reforms for passing policies that cater to the needs of the people, and the many different ways you can get involved.

Our program will begin with half an hour of mingling and building connections with fellow young professionals. During this time, we invite you to take fun photos at our democracy photo op set and cast your 'ballot' to vote on what issue is most important to you. Then, we will settle in for the speaking segment of the night, the mock debate with our fantastic panel of speakers. Finally, we will wind down the night with further networking and tables with our speakers where you can ask them more about their topics of expertise.

Speaker Bios:

Ophelia Burnett, Program Associate with American Friends Service Committee and Democracy Organizer with Open Democracy.  Ophelia is a passionate advocate for equality, justice, and the rights of marginalized communities. She has a deep belief in the inherent value and dignity of every individual and has dedicated herself to creating a more inclusive and equitable society.  By collaborating with organizations, activists, elected officials, and community leaders. She has been able to amplify the voices of marginalized individuals and effect positive change.

Kathryn Langille, Open Democracy's Public Policy Fellow, Kathryn is passionate about serving her community and creating positive change. Slated to graduate from Saint Anselm College in the Winter of 2025, she is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Psychology, with minors in Education and Public Policy Studies. She intends to pursue a career in policy writing and analysis, with a focus on public education systems. Kathryn's deep sense of community stems from her experience in performing arts during her formative years. At Saint Anselm, she has had the privilege of being on her theater company's Executive Board as Director of Sets. She also works for a variety of on-campus offices, including the Meelia Center for Community Engagement and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

David Andrews is a UNH-trained electrical engineer living in Concord with a passion for data analysis. During the 2020 redistricting cycle he worked as a Data Analyst at the Redistricting Data Hub, a national nonprofit assisting governments & organizations with redistricting data. He was the lead mapper for the Map-a-Thon project which created and introduced fair maps during the 2020 redistricting process in New Hampshire. David is also an expert witness in the City of Dover v. Scanlan case which is challenging the NH House map, which is currently in the Strafford Superior court.

Sam Cassin, High School Voter Registration Coordinator.  Sam is a dedicated and hardworking coordinator who has a goal of making a long-lasting and meaningful impact on communities and young people alike. He is a lifelong New Hampshire resident who grew up in the Queen City, Manchester. He comes to Open Democracy in a less traditional manner than most. He attended Saint Anselm College, located on the Manchester-Goffstown border. He studied in many different fields due to the college’s liberal arts education and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Politics. Upon graduation, Sam worked in recruiting, scouting, and coaching for the Saint Anselm college football program. Today, he brings his skills and abilities in connecting with young people back to the political sphere. 

May 01, 2024 at 6:00pm - 8pm
BarCode Lounge & Grill
1055 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03101
United States
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Haley Dufour Joe Matthews Deborah Opramolla Sara Bonilla D’Shawn Collins Lois Numbi Sue Nastasi Michael Strand Abigail Foreman Autumn Raschick-Goodwin Kathryn Langille David Andrews Olivia Zink Alishea Preston Bob Perry Steven Borne Corinne Dodge Samuel Cassin Sulli Odell

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