Final results: Summary results | Town resultsThe BasicsThe New Hampshire primary is a mainstay in American electoral politics. Every four years, voters gather to help determine the Republican and/or Democratic nominee for President. While the state only has 12 electoral votes in 2012 (normally it’s 24, but the Republican National Committee penalized the state party for moving up the event date), the primary’s position as one of the earliest contests gives the state out-sized influence over the nomination process.Only the Iowa caucuses come before New Hampshire’s primary. Traditionally, New Hampshire’s broad-based primary contest has been seen as a counter-weight to Iowa’s more drawn-out caucus process, which tends to draw a smaller core of party faithful. In the case of the 2012 Republican race, New Hampshire’s electorate is seen to represent the more libertarian-leaning, fiscally conservative wing of the party, while Iowa voters are seen as representing the socially conservative wing of the GOP base.N.H. Primary summary provided by StateImpact - NH reporter, Amanda Loder
What The Future Looks Like For Voter ID Laws
For the first time, Granite State voters will be expected to show photo ID at the polls in November. New Hampshire now one of eleven states that require or request photo identification to cast a ballot.
But that number continues to change. In Pennsylvania, for example, a judge recently halted parts of that state’s strict photo ID law.
To talk more about how voter ID laws are changing nationwide, we turn to Doug Chapin. He’s an election expert at the University of Minnesota.