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Elections 2012
10:48 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Photos From The 2012 General Election

Elections 2012
9:58 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Dixville Notch Splits Vote For President

Shannon Reville

Residents of two tiny villages in northern New Hampshire headed to the polls at midnight, casting the first Election Day votes in the nation.

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Elections 2012
5:48 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Everything You Need To Know About Voter ID (Plus Some)

Credit NH Secretary of State

Today, everyone who goes to the polls will be asked to show a photo-ID in order to vote. This is the second  step in a phased in process instituting voter ID’s over the next few election cycles. The process began with the primary in September when poll workers asked to see an ID but let voters cast a ballot regardless of whether they produced one or not.

Today poll workers will ask for an ID, and anyone who does not have one will have to sign “a qualified voter affidavit” stating,

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Elections 2012
4:55 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

The Ballot Story: From Template to Tablet

Ballots fresh off the presses at Capital Offset company

Tomorrow its predicted that more than seven hundred thousand Granite Staters will be walking into town halls, school gymnasiums, and  church basements. And with pencils and pens, they will fill in their choice for everything from President to Selectman.  But have you ever wondered where all those ballots come from?  There’s one Concord-based company prints all of them, each election cycle and has been doing so for 30 years.  NHPR’s Keith Shields, took a tour and the facility and brings you this story.

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Elections 2012
3:48 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Live Blog: Battleground

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 2:11 pm

**Refresh this page often for the latest updates.**

A quick head's up on what this is. The Battleground is an aggregation of NPR member stations' content produced during election night. It's curated by the staff at NPR Digital Services, including Eric Athas, Teresa Gorman, Will Snyder, Kim Perry and Erin Teare Martin. The list of participating stations and states is posted at the bottom.

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Elections 2012
1:33 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Final Poll Before Election Suggests Democratic Sweep

WMUR Granite State Poll / UNH Survey Center

The final round of Polling from the UNH Survey Center is in, and it indicates that Democrats have maintained a slight edge in the Granite State going into tomorrow’s election.

This latest poll suggests that President Barack Obama, Senator Maggie Hassan, and Anne Mclane Kuster have maintained slender leads over the past week.

The poll's biggest surprise comes in the first congressional district where incumbent Congressman Frank Guinta and former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter have pulled even.

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Elections 2012
11:09 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Question 2: Ballot Measure Would Give Lawmakers More Control Over Courts

For the third time in a decade, New Hampshire voters are being asked to approve a constitutional amendment that would give the legislature more power to regulate the Granite State's court system.

Question 2 on the Nov. 6 ballot would give lawmakers "concurrent power" with the state Supreme Court to establish judicial procedures, from how to file a lawsuit, to which cases are heard on appeal, to what evidence is admissible at trial.

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Elections 2012
6:47 pm
Sun November 4, 2012

Big Name Republicans Work G.O.P. Voters In N.H.

Cindy McCain, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Kelly Ayotte
Credit Brian Wallstin

While President Obama stumped in Concord, a band of prominent Republicans traveled the state on behalf of Mitt Romney and gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne.

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Elections 2012
6:04 pm
Sun November 4, 2012

Volunteers Work To Get Out Every Last Vote

Volunteers make phone calls for Mitt Romney in a field office in Bedford, NH.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

Rick Christie is every candidate’s dream volunteer. He sports buttons, he speaks with passion, and he puts in his time.

"Hello, David. My name is Rick. I’m working for the Romney campaign. How are ya?" 

Christie is in Manchester, going door to door for Mitt Romney. He estimates he’s knocked on about 2000 doors since June. Of course, not all go well.

Polls still show a near dead heat between Romney and President Obama in New Hampshire.

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Elections 2012
2:03 pm
Sun November 4, 2012

Obama, Clinton Rally Democrats in Concord

President Bill Clinton, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Governor John Lynch and President Barack Obama wave to the crowd in downtown Concord
Credit Brady Carlson / NHPR

President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton rallied a crowd of 14,000 people in Concord New Hampshire Sunday. It was Mr. Obama’s final bit of local campaigning, and it came in the wake of new UNH poll that shows him in a tie with Republican Mitt Romney.

New Hampshire has just 4 electoral votes but you wouldn’t know it the way the both presidential campaigns are stumping here. This rally brought our democrats in force. Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Governor John Lynch urged the President’s re-election. The Former President Bill Clinton made his case. 

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Elections 2012
9:31 am
Sun November 4, 2012

Romney Makes Quick Stop In Portsmouth On Saturday

Shannon Dooling

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greeted nearly 1,000 supporters at Portsmouth International Airport on Saturday morning.

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This American Life
3:43 pm
Sat November 3, 2012

478: Red State Blue State

Credit Design by Isaac H. on Customink.com

Politics have divided our country to the extent that the two sides not only disagree on the solutions to the country’s problems, they represent two different realities. This week we hear from people who are intimately familiar with this rift. They’ve lost friends. They’ve become estranged from family. They've watched civility cede to skirmishes. Our political civil war and its consequences: a special pre-election episode.

Prologue

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2nd CD Spot
7:30 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Bass, Kuster Square-Off Over DOMA

Friday night, St. Anselm College hosted the final debate between the candidates for the 2nd District congressional seat.  While abortion has been a signature social issue of the race, this time around, the candidates sparred on gay marriage.

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Elections 2012
5:59 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Nashua's Senate Races: A Closer Look

Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

Much of the election limelight has been on big races at the top of the ballot.  But here in New Hampshire, there are also hundreds of state senate and house races on the ballot – races that often go unnoticed, despite the fact that the winning candidates can have a game-changing sway over local politics.

Bette Lasky and Peggy Gilmour have a lot in common. Together, they host a weekly radio show on a local AM station. In 2010, they both lost their state senate races. Two years later, these two Democrats want their jobs back.

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Voter Hotline
3:38 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Agencies Set Up Hotlines For Election Day Complaints

The US Attorney and state Attorney General will run special election complaint hotlines on Tuesday.  Assistant AG Richard Head says 30 lawyers and investigators will also be stationed at polling places across the state.  Typically, he says, the office fields around a hundred complaints on Election Day.

“There is no typical voter complaint," Head says with a chuckle.  "They can range anywhere from machines not working properly to signs--a wide range of issues.”

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Elections 2012
1:24 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Pres. Obama and Romney Escalate Ad War In New Hampshire

Five days before the Nov. 6 election, Republican nominee Mitt Romney and independent groups that support the presidential candidate are poised to outspend President Barack Obama on television ads targeting New Hampshire voters.

A review of television contracts filed this week with Federal Communications Commission show that the pro-Romney team reserved about $947,000 in air time from Oct. 29 through Election Day on WMUR, WBZ and WHDH.

Meanwhile, the Obama for America campaign reserved about $653,000 in air time on the three stations during the final week of the campaign.

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Abortion Feature
7:30 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Two Pro-Choice Candidates Face-Off Over Women's Health In Congressional Race

Credit Steve Rhodes / Flickr Creative Common

While voters say economic issues are their top concern, abortion is also a high priority this year.  In a recent Gallup Poll, nearly two-thirds of voters said it’s an important factor in their decision. 

But when you have a pro-choice Republican running against a pro-choice Democrat, abortion doesn’t seem like an obvious lightning-rod issue. 

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Elections 2012
6:24 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Income Tax Amendment Takes A Backseat To Tight Races

Protecting New Hampshire from a broad-based sales or income tax has been a major issue in New Hampshire elections for decades – at least according to political scientist Dean Spiliotes.

"It goes back to the 1970s when Governor Meldrim Thomson pledged to veto any sales or income tax."

And this year’s races for Governor, and even Congress have been no different. 

But for all the talk around the income tax this season, the proposed constitutional amendment banning a personal income tax hasn’t gotten much attention.

Why?

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Elections 2012
10:33 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Infographic! Are Granite Staters Better Off Now Than Four Years Ago?

Find the rest of this infographic at StateImpact New Hampshire

Are you better off now than you were four years ago? StateImpact New Hampshire looks at key economic indicators to understand how Granite Staters are doing.  And it's not the same for everyone. If you're a business consultant, construction worker, nurse or public servant -- come see how you fit into the puzzle, and share your thoughts -- at StateImpact New Hampshire.

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Elections 2012
5:28 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Pres. Obama And Romney Plan Last-Minute Campaign Push In N.H.

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney both plan to be in the Granite State in the days leading up to the election.

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Elections 2012
5:21 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Hassan Raises More Than Lamontagne In Last Two Weeks

Democrat Maggie Hassan has raised more money than her Republican rival to succeed retiring New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch.

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Elections 2012
12:36 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Dixville Notch Voters (All 10) Prepare For Midnight Balloting

The Balsams resort is temporarily closed but next Tuesday residents of Dixville Notch still plan on being the first voters in the nation.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Just at midnight, while sensible people are sleeping, folks from Dixville Notch will be voting.

But for the first time since 1960 they won’t be at the Balsams resort.

It’s closed for a renovation.

Instead they will gather at a nearby ski lodge, says Scott Tranchemontagne, a spokesman for the resort.

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Elections 2012
12:19 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Will N.H. College Students Turn Out To Vote?

Students at Rivier University in Nashua
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

The election is less than a week away.  And some worry that the majority of eligible voters ages 18 to 29 aren’t bothering to register or vote.  In fact, over the last few decades, the enthusiasm among college voters seems to be slipping.

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Elections 2012
11:35 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Sandy Inturrupts Political Polling, Too

Credit Flikr Creative Commons / Micky.!

Candidate campaigning wasn’t the only political activity thrown for a loop by Hurricane Sandy, pollsters also had to take a break in New Hampshire and elsewhere.

Speaking on NHPR’s the Exchange, Editor-in-Chief of Gallup Frank Newport said they put their national tracking poll on hold because too many people on the East Coast wouldn’t be picking up their phones.

Newport: we want to be very careful because it’s better to have no poll at all I think than to have a poll that has the potential to be misleading.

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Elections 2012
10:27 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

How North Country's Yvonne Thomas Voted

In Coos District 3, Berlin, three Democrat incumbents - Gary Coulombe, Robert Theberge and Yvonne Thomas - are facing Republican Eric Catman. Three seats are available.

Voter ID: Voted against requiring voter identification. NHPR story.

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Elections 2012
8:56 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

How North Country's Robert Theberge Voted

In Coos District 3, Berlin, three Democrat incumbents - Gary Coulombe, Robert Theberge and Yvonne Thomas - are facing Republican Eric Catman. Three seats are available.

Here is how Theberge voted on some issues:

Voter ID: Voted against requiring voter identification. NHPR story.

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Elections 2012
7:20 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

How North Country's Gregory Sorg Voted

Gregory Sorg is an incumbent Republican from Easton. He’s being challenged by Democrat Sue Ford, also of Easton.

Here is how Sorg voted on some issues.

Voter ID: Voted in favor of requiring voter identification. NHPR story.

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Elections 2012
7:30 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Reporter's Notebook: The Political Neutrality Of The Mormon Church

Mitt Romney's candidacy makes the Mormon Church's political neutrality a tricky issue to navigate.
Credit ricketyUS / Flickr Creative Common

In a recent story, I mentioned the Mormon Church’s stance on political neutrality.  It’s a complex issue, and not one that can be explained at-length in a radio feature.  For the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), this stance isn’t just to protect federal tax exemptions.  It has deep religious and cultural roots.  After a series of editorial discussions in the newsroom, we felt NHPR listeners might be interested in a more in-depth explanation.

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Elections 2012
3:10 pm
Sun October 28, 2012

Michelle Obama And Ann Romney Cancel N.H. Events

Hurricane Sandy has prompted both First Lady Michelle Obama and Ann Romney to cancel scheduled campaign events in New Hampshire. 

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Elections 2012
5:41 pm
Sat October 27, 2012

Obama Rallies In Nashua

Credit Josh Rogers, NHPR

The President rallied more than 8000 supporters at a Nashua middle school within a few miles of the  Massachusetts border. Mr. Obama made of point of attacking Mitt Romney’s record there.

"He pushed through a tax cut that overwhelmingly benefited 278 of the wealthiest families in the state and then he raised taxes and fees on middle class families to the tune of $750 million. Does that sound familiar to you?

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