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State Begins Tabulating Cost Of Voter ID Law

11/26/2012
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The Secretary of State’s Office says the first Election Day under the new Voter ID law was a low-cost success story. But over the next few months, those costs will rise.But how much money the state will have to pay to implement and enforce the Voter ID law is still an open question.More than 700,000 people voted on Election Day. Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan says about 7,000 of them didn’t show their ID. They signed a challenged voter affidavit, instead. So now, the Secretary of...

Duration: 00:00:49


Long Lines At Polls Not Because Of Voter ID Law

11/7/2012
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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.“People are still voting in Londonderry,...

Duration: 00:02:08


Shea-Porter Wins Seat In Another Squeaker

11/7/2012
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The tightest race in New Hampshire lived up to expectations last night. Carol Shea-Porter eked out a victory over Frank Guinta by four points, or justfewer than14,000 votes.While the race was close all the way through, indications that it would be a good night for Shea-Porter rolled in early. It was the wee hours of the morning when Carol Shea-Porter thanked a dwindling crowd of night-owl supporters for handing her back the seat in the US House of Representatives that she lost two-years...

Duration: 00:02:56


Hassan Thanks Supporters In Manchester

11/7/2012
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Governor-elect Maggie Hassan made her first post-election appearance in downtown Manchester.Despite the cold weather and late-night election results, Hassan supporters gathered at the Red Arrow Diner in Manchester Wednesday afternoon to congratulate the governor-elect on her victory.Hassan says she looks forward to governing in the tradition set forth by Governor Lynch, and that she’s eager to work with those across the aisle to improve the state’s schools and economy:“We’re going to reach...

Duration: 00:00:37


Victories and Concessions: Speeches Posted Here

11/6/2012
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Governor's Race: Republican Ovide Lamontagne's concession speech: Maggie Hassan's victory speech: Congressional District 1 Charlie Bass concedes: Ann McLane Kuster's victory speech:

Duration: 00:04:23


Voters and Voices at the Polls

11/6/2012
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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.

Duration: 00:02:27


Audio Postcard: The Young And Old Head To The Polls

11/6/2012
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Young and old voters were out today at the polls. As part of a digital reporting class in UNH's Journalism Program, students caught up with some of those voters. Here's a little of what they heard.Students who contributed to this report: Mairead Dunphy, MaryGrace Kelleher, Oliver Thomas, Shannon Reville, Lily O'Gara, Shelby Lefebvre and Merhawi Wells-Bogues.Jonathan Lynch produced the audio postcard.

Duration: 00:01:09


Strong Turnout in Littleton

11/6/2012
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With voting underway the first reports from the North Country indicate a strong turnout.From right after the polls opened voting in Littleton was so heavy that parking became a problem, says Police Captain Chris Tyler.“By 8’o’clock there was full capacity. The sides streets started filling up.”By about 9:30 police had three people directing traffic.Inside, voting booths were consistently full.Gerald Winn is the town moderator.“It has been steady. There has been a line right from the...

Duration: 00:00:37


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

11/5/2012
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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,“I hereby...

Duration: 00:04:07


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

11/4/2012
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While President Obama stumped in Concord, a band of prominent Republicans traveled the state on behalf of Mitt Romney and gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne.Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte worked GOP voters, as did former Governor John Sununu, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao and Cindy McCain.When they arrived at MacKenna’s restaurant in New London, supporters met them with cheers. It was then on to a group sing-a-long of America the Beautiful.The singing...

Duration: 00:02:33


Bass, Kuster Square-Off Over DOMA

11/3/2012
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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.The debates between Republican Congressman Charlie Bass and Democrat Ann McLane Kuster have had almost a rote quality to them. The fiscal cliff, anemic economic growth, budget cuts, tax hikes, and abortion have all been hashed over…and rehashed. But...

Duration: 00:01:10


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

11/2/2012
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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.That’s the situation in New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District, where Democrat Ann McLane Kuster is trying to unseat Republican Charlie Bass.“Now...

Duration: 00:03:54


Income Tax Amendment Takes A Backseat To Tight Races

11/1/2012
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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...

Duration: 00:02:44


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

10/31/2012
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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.

Duration: 00:03:50


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

10/31/2012
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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. According to a recent poll by the Harvard Institute of Politics, only 48 percent of young adults say they are definitely voting.Nonetheless, at some campuses in New Hampshire, students are rallying behind their favorite candidates and carrying on heated...

Duration: 00:03:20


Guinta And Shea-Porter Both Reading From The Same Playbook

10/25/2012
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This time around in the first congressional district the names are the same but the roles are flipped; Republican Frank Guinta, once the challenger, is now the incumbent. Butthat’s not the only way this year’s race is like a mirror image of last election.When Congressman Frank Guinta goes out knocking on the doors of independents in Manchester – his political backyard – most everybody knows who he is.Guinta: Good Morning!Emmick: Hey Congressman Guinta. Hey Grace, do you want to meet a...

Duration: 00:05:11


UNH Poll Predicts Hassan Win in Gubernatorial Race, Democratic Majorities I

10/23/2012
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The second in a series of polls out this week from WMUR and the UNH Survey Center predicts that Democrats will win the governorship and majorities in both the House and Senate.This is the fourth poll in a row that shows a widening lead for Democrats in the “generic ballot” question: that’s to say “will you be voting for the Democrat or the Republican in your local House or Senate race?”The poll also shows Democrat Maggie Hassan up over Republican Ovide Lamontagne by 8 points, with 22 percent...

Duration: 00:00:48


Looking at State Races

10/23/2012
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Analyst Dean Spiliotes talks with Morning Edition's Rick Ganley about some Granite State Senate races to watch this election season.

Duration: 00:04:10


Bass and Kuster Fight Rematch For 2nd District Congressional Seat

10/22/2012
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If you had to describe New Hampshire’s congressional elections in one word, “rematch” would be a good choice.In the race to Congress two years ago, the distance between Kuster and Bass was almost photo-finish-worthy: about 3,500 votes. UNH Survey Center Director Andy Smith says this year, it could be just as close.“The second district race has been seen by the national organizations as probably the most competitive race in the country," Smith says. "So when both Republicans and Democrats are...

Duration: 00:07:35


Hassan, Lamontagne Tangle Over Infrastructure Funding

10/18/2012
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Candidates for governor, Maggie Hassan and Ovide Lamontagne, met in Manchester to debate business and economicdevelopment in the Granite State.A key part of the debate centered on improving infrastructure.Both Ovide Lamontagneand Maggie Hassan agree that the state needs to improve its infrastructure and complete the widening of I-93. But they clashed over how to fund it.Lamontagne ruled out tax increases, instead suggesting the use of federal government-backed bonds. He criticized Hassan for...

Duration: 00:00:49

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