N.H. Election News

Long Lines At Polls Not Because Of Voter ID Law

Nov 7, 2012
Manchester Polls
Susan Posner / NHPR

New Hampshire Elections officials say they heard a fair number of complaints about long lines at the polls.  But as they say something other than the new voter ID law is to blame.

Talk of long lines at the polls was common on Election Day.  And for Republican gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne, it even affected how Election Night played out. As supporters saw more and more returns favoring Democrat Maggie Hassan, a spokeswoman addressed the crowd.

Coos: A Summary

Nov 7, 2012

Here’s what happened in Coos County on Tuesday, according to a tally by the Associated Press. Official counts from the Secretary of State are not yet available.

* Jeff Woodburn of Dalton was elected senator, defeating Debi Warner of Littleton. He takes the place of Republican John Gallus who chose not to run.

* In District 1 with all ten precincts counted Republican incumbent Duffy Daugherty of Colebrook lost to  Democrat Larry Enman of Errol by 20 votes.

Enman had 1,158 votes.

In Coos District 4 Republican incumbent Herbert Richardson beat Democrat Troy Merner, according to results compiled by the Associated Press.

With all the votes counted Richardson had 1,167 votes compared to Merner’s 821.

Kuster acceptance speech
Shannon Dooling for NHPR

It was a repeat match-up with a very different outcome in the Second Congressional District.  Democrat Ann McLane Kuster defeated Republican Congressman Charlie Bass by a roughly five point margin.  


A victorious Maggie Hassan took the stage on Tuesday night to accept the state’s corner office.  She began by thanking voters for their trust – then launched into some specifics. "We will build a New Hampshire that will nurture innovation and entrepreneurs," Hassan said, "where businesses can and want to grow. Where young people will stay and work and create their own companies." 

In Grafton District 2 Democrat Rebecca Brown of Sugar Hill beat Republican Denis P. Ward of Monroe, according to a tally compiled by the Associated Press.

Brown had 1,365 votes while Ward received 1,198.

In Coos District 3, Berlin, three Democrat incumbents - Gary Coulombe, Robert Theberge and Yvonne Thomas – were all re-elected.

They defeated Republican challenger Eric Catman, who hoped to take one of the three seats.

With all the votes counted Coulombe had 2,940 votes; Theberge had 2,651 and Thomas had 2,426.

Catman was a distant fourth with 1,029, according to a tally compiled by the Associated Press.

Voters and Voices at the Polls

Nov 6, 2012
Ali Kuzmickas / New Hampshire Public Radio

In case the profuse amount of “I Voted” stickers went unnoticed to you today, the first Tuesday in November is indeed upon us. Polling locations in Concord, New Hampshire teemed with signs and supporters providing some last minute rallying for their favorite candidates. Voters stood in line and braved the early morning chill to cast their vote at Wards 4 and 7. With them were Word of Mouth interns Bill Barry and Ali Kuzmickas.

NHPR / Sam Evans-Brown

This race is real bellwether for a number of reasons: the district itself demographically perfectly balanced between liberal and conservative voters, both candidates have held the seat before meaning they are more-or-less on equal footing in terms of name recognition, and both are party stalwarts have voted with their partys’ leadership high in 90th the percentile.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

In the towns of Dalton and Whitefield in Coos County voting was heavy Tuesday morning.

Dalton Town Moderator Ann Craxton seemed quite pleased with the way things were going.

“The turnout for us has been very heavy. We have 540 registered voters. We have more than 50 that voting absentee and here by 10 o’clock in the morning we’ve already had 80 come through the polls.

Beyond that Craxton says the voters are an eager and happy bunch.

National Election Results

Nov 6, 2012

Zach Nugent for NHPR

Concord, NH - Greenland, NH: Guinta and Shea-Porter

1:11 AM

The A.P.  has called CD 1 for Carol Shea-Porter.


With the other major races having been decided definitively for Democrats, the outcome of Congressional District 1 is still undecided. While supporters at Carol Shea-Porter's headquarters continue to celebrate, the Guinta camp has called it a night.

We look at what our nation’s most important document, the Constitution, says and doesn’t say about elections. There’s some debate over who should write the rules, the federal or state governments, also who exactly can cast a ballot and if voting is a right or a privilege.  We’ll talk with those involved in new civics program called “Constitutionally speaking”. 



The Ballot Story: From Template to Tablet

Nov 5, 2012

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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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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Unprecedented spending by Super PACs has voters feeling deluged by 2012 campaign ads.

Today, it’s the election edition, and we’re going to be talking about some of our favorites memes, viral videos, and online trends of this presidential election cycle…it’s been a pretty endless one...

-So, let’s go back in time and talk about some of the early memes of this election…all the way back to the GOP primary…

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.

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.

478: Red State Blue State

Nov 3, 2012
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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.


Bass, Kuster Square-Off Over DOMA

Nov 3, 2012

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.

Amanda Loder / NHPR

This week we’ve been talking about jobs and the economy with candidates in New Hampshire’s 2nd  Congressional District. We wrap up the series with the Republican nominee, incumbent congressman Charlie Bass. He talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.

Speaker O'Brien Can't Shake Election Spotlight

Nov 2, 2012
Dan Gorenstein / NHPR

A joke about being New Hampshire Speaker of the House is that you get a parking spot, $125 annual salary, and the chance to bang a gavel.

But when Bill O’Brien took the position in 2010, he took an important but largely under the radar position into the spotlight.

"It’s been all about O’Brien," says Dante Scala, a political scientist at UNH. "For better or worse, O’Brien became the center of gravity in the New Hampshire legislature, and the face of the New Hampshire legislature, in a way that past Speakers rarely are."

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.”

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.

abortion protest in San Francisco - 333
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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. 

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.


Amy Quinton, NHPR

We’re talking this week with candidates in New Hampshire’s 2nd congressional district about their ideas on jobs and the economy. Today we hear from the Democratic candidate, Annie Kuster. She talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.

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