Nonprofit To Call For More Voter, Civic Engagement
A Concord non-profit is calling for greater voter participation and civic engagement in New Hampshire as it releases a study showing poor performance in both areas.
The group, Open Democracy, is holding a press conference Thursday morning at the Legislative Office Building to discuss the findings of a 9-month research project. The project measured areas such as voter registration and turnout, volunteerism, political donations, lobbying, diversity of representation and the competitiveness of New Hampshire elections.
Open Democracy officials say their findings reveal low name recognition for state lawmakers and male-dominated representation across New Hampshire's various elected bodies.
Open Democracy's advisers include Jim Rubens, a former Republican state senator; Brad Cook, chairman of the New Hampshire Ballot Law Commission; and John Rauh, a Democrat and founder of Americans for Campaign Reform.