Take part in public "listening sessions" by the NH House and NH Senate around the state. One hearing is being held before the maps are drawn, and we're advocating for a second round of hearings for the public to analyze the finished maps. Why? Because we're suspicious of anti-voter faction members within the committee who may be scheming a gerrymandered Congressional district map.
Get involved! Speak up!
Other important issues:
- 62 Towns which were eligible for their own NH House district did not get it in 2011
- NH Senate Districts ignored "communities of interest," crossing county lines, through regional high schools, and bisecting public health regions
- NH Executive Council districts include District 2, which packs Democratic-leaning towns into one district which snakes from Vermont to Maine.
- Some towns districted together are joined in lakes, in the middle of the woods, and in some cases force their legislators to drive out of the county to get to the other side.
We were so gratified by the 110 people who joined us on Sunday, Jan. 24 for Granny D Day! Great music, stories and calls to action by our generous speakers. A special thanks to Professor Larry Lessig and 350 founder Bill McKibben, who stepped in on short notice for the under-the-weather Bill Moyers, who sent his best to all of you by email.
If you missed the presentation, take few minutes this weekend to listen to this wonderful presentation.
Have you planned how you're going to vote safely on September 8 in NH's state primary?
You have options if you act quickly.
Join us Aug. 8th for the annual Granny D Memorial Walk, celebrating "100 Years of Women Walking for Democracy" --
Walk - Rally - Ice Cream!Read more
Walk this Sunday to Inform Voters About Absentee Voting
PORTSMOUTH—Recent COVID-19 accommodations by New Hampshire's Secretary of State and Attorney General allow for voters to use an absentee ballot for the Sept. 8 state primary and Nov. 3 general elections. The problem is, most voters don't know that's an option.
Sunday, July 5, volunteers with Open Democracy, a New Hampshire nonprofit which works on voting rights, money-in-politics and campaign finance reform, will be holding signs in and around Portsmouth to help spread the word, and will even have absentee ballot applications for anyone who wants one. All volunteers holding signs will be socially distanced and be wearing masks. Anyone wishing to help hold signs may meet for instructions at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lafayette Plaza, 775 Lafayette Rd, then be dispersed to other locations around the city.Read more
Every Monday, Open Democracy produces the Open Democracy Minute, a 90-second radio short on a Democracy Reform topic. Over 40 of these have been distributed in the last year, with topics ranging from redistricting, to the effort to overturn Citizens United, to voter-owned honest elections. Click "Continue Reading" below to find out how to listen, or subscribe to the podcast.
New Hampshire's first in the national primary leads to a special opportunity for New Hampshire voters to influence political dialogue. By asking a variety of detailed questions, common citizens have an opportunity to get candidates on record giving their stance on key issues.
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Saturday Walk Celebrates Granny D 's 3200-mile Mission for Campaign Finance Reform
DUBLIN, NH--- On the 20th anniversary of Doris "Granny D" Haddock's walk across the United States, activists, walkers, politicians, elders, youth and friends of Doris will gather in Dublin and Peterborough this Saturday to celebrate in Granny D style: They're going to walk six miles, carrying messages against Big Money politics and corruption.
It's the 20th anniversary of Granny D's walk across the United States! Join us Saturday, Aug. 3 for the Granny D Memorial Walk from Granny's home in Dublin, NH and walk six miles to Peterborough, NH's Depot Square. Can't do 6 miles? Walk with us the last mile, or just join us for the lunch & rally.Read more
In the wake of a complaint filed Monday by seven Republican members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Open Democracy Executive Director Olivia Zink urged state officials to “hold all political organizations to the same standard.”
“Granite Staters are tired of having out-of-state organizations tell us how we should vote,” Zink said. “It’s even more offensive when the group sidesteps political disclosure laws by calling themselves a nonprofit organization.”Read more