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2020 Elections

Primary Day is September 8th. Election Day is November 3rd.

Learn more about the candidates and their stances on the issues: Read or listen to our 2020 candidate interviews

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COVID-19 Pandemic Brings An Election Year Like No Other

In the lead-up to Election Day on November 3 and in the days that follow, Granite State voters can turn to New Hampshire Public Radio for in-depth and insightful reporting,  spanning NHPR’s on-air, digital and podcast properties.  

Supporters cheer for President Trump in Manchester Sunday.
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Recalling what he described as his “beautiful win” in the 2016 New Hampshire Republican Primary, President Trump told a raucous crowd at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport Sunday that “we are going to keep it going” by winning on Election Day next week.

The entrance to Hillside Middle School, a polling location in Manchester, during the September 2020 primary.
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The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office says state and local authorities can’t prevent people from bringing guns into polling places, even those located in school buildings — but they will be on alert to respond to anyone, armed or otherwise, who is interfering with someone else's ability to vote.

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Ty is a 22-year-old who grew up in Manchester and, like a lot of New Hampshire voters, got involved in politics at a young age. They phone-banked and canvassed for Bernie Sanders’ campaign as a high school student in 2016; they also cast their first vote the same year. And as the 2020 general election approaches, Ty’s eager to head back to the polls.

Photo of Vice President Mike Pence in Portsmouth, N.H.
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After Vice President Mike Pence touched down for a rally at the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth, he stressed core conservative issues – and the economy.

Elections Guide: How To Vote in N.H., Whether You're Voting Absentee Or At The Polls

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Climate change policy marks one of the sharpest divides between incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Sununu and his Democratic challenger, Concord state Sen. Dan Feltes.  

NHPR’s Morning Edition host Rick Ganley spoke with reporter Annie Ropeik about how the candidates' differences on this issue put the state at a crossroads on climate action.


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Of all the prominent Republicans declaring opposition to President Trump, Jennifer Horn is one of the most outspoken. The former chair of the New Hampshire GOP is co-founder of The Lincoln Project, which is dedicated to convincing Republicans to put, as they describe it, “country over party” and vote against Trump.

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The New Hampshire Democratic Party is expanding its voter assistance hotline to cover eight different languages most commonly spoken by the state’s immigrant and refugee communities, filling in where state election officials have declined to provide official bilingual voting resources.

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President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are holding a final debate Thursday in Nashville, with Kristen Welker of NBC News moderating.

After a haphazard first debate, and a canceled second one, this final debate has new rules established by the Commission on Presidential Debates.

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Court house in Nashua.

New Hampshire voters will choose a number of local political leaders, from county officers to state reps, on Nov. 3.

Every Friday leading up to the election on Weekly N.H. News Roundup, we talk about one of these down-ballot offices, from what powers they hold, to how they impact your daily life.

This time we talked with Natch Greyes, an attorney with the New Hampshire Municipal Association, about the register of probate. 

Click here for all of NHPR's election coverage.

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This post has been updated with additional comments from the state Republican and Democratic parties.

College students who previously registered to vote in New Hampshire do not automatically lose their voting eligibility if they’re out of state due to remote learning or other circumstances, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office affirmed Wednesday.

Fat Katz, a restaurant in Hudson, New Hampshire
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A continuación, encuentra las noticias del miércoles 21 de octubre. 

Puedes escucharlas haciendo click en el audio o leerlas.

Una nota: Lo escrito es nuestro guión para nuestras grabaciones. Tenlo en cuenta si ven algunas anotaciones diferentes.

Fat Katz Food and Drink en Hudson enfrenta una multa por violar órdenes de emergencia por coronavirus

Un restaurante en Hudson enfrenta una multa de $2,000 [dos mil dólares] por violar órdenes de emergencia por coronavirus.

Concerns about the U.S. Postal Service

Oct 21, 2020
A U.S. Postal Service truck is parked outside a home on a snowy day while a postal worker delivers mail.
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The U.S. Postal Service is dealing with an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots this year, amidst political turmoil about absentee voting and the COVID-19 pandemic. Some are worried about the USPS's ability to process all of the ballots by Election Day given some staff shortages, and there are also concerns about the health and safety of postal workers. National reporters join us to clarify some of the inaccuracies they've heard about the USPS and discuss what they're covering. 

Air date: Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. 

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Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is running for a third term this year against challenger Republican Corky Messner. Shaheen is a former governor of New Hampshire, whose political career in the Granite State spans decades, while Messner, a 63-year-old Army veteran and attorney, recently moved to the state from Colorado.

NHPR senior political reporter Josh Rogers spoke with All Things Considered host Peter Biello about Messner’s background and whether New Hampshire roots really matter in campaigns.

  The issue of health insurance dominated the presidential primary, before the pandemic took over headlines. Now the Affordable Care Act and health insurance are back in the news, with the Supreme Court in focus. We talk with health policy reporters about the upcoming Supreme Court cases and the impact of the election on health insurance.

Air date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

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During the pandemic, Jen Hutchins and a few of her friends started a new practice: they’re trying to walk every street in Hanover, and they keep track of where they’ve been on a spreadsheet. 

On each walk, there are a few topics that always come up. 

With less than two weeks until voting concludes, President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will face off for the final time in a debate on Thursday, likely marking Trump's last chance to reach a massive audience as he trails Biden in polls nationally and in key states.

Photo of Jeanne Shaheen speaking to crowd of supporters outside.
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This February, just before the state presidential primary, New Hampshire Democrats gathered for a rally in Manchester. At that moment, the room was divided over who should be the party’s nominee for president.

But at the state level, there was no question about who’s in charge. 

Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican seeking his third term, and challenger Dan Feltes, a Democratic state senator, debated live on NHPR's The Exchange on Tuesday.

The candidates clashed repeatedly over policy differences as they discussed the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic, New Hampshire's economic recovery, heath care, race and policing, and myriad issues the two have sparred over during Sununu's tenure as governor.

A lot of voters are feeling anxious about the outcome of this presidential election, no matter which candidate they support. Leading up to Election Day, NHPR's Morning Edition is talking with people who haven't voted much in the past, or maybe have never voted before.

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A continuación, encuentra las noticias del lunes 19 de octubre. 

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Una nota: Lo escrito es nuestro guión para nuestras grabaciones. Tenlo en cuenta si ven algunas anotaciones diferentes.

Hay más casos activos de COVID en el estado desde cualquier momento desde mediados de junio    

A jar of "clean pens" at a New Hampshire polling place during the September 2020 state primary.
Dan Tuohy / NHPR

This story was updated on Oct. 19 with additional comments from the Secretary of State's office.

Hanover, like a lot of other communities, started sending out its general election absentee ballots at the end of September. And then came the calls from panicked voters, who noticed the pens they used bled through their two-sided ballots.

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The New Hampshire Republican Party says college students attending school remotely during the pandemic and who don’t have a current New Hampshire address shouldn’t be allowed to register to vote or request absentee ballots.

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Election officials say that as of Oct. 13, more than 78,000 general election absentee ballots had already been returned by voters; that's more absentee ballots than were counted in total during the 2016 general election. And plenty of people are still planning to vote in person. We talk with election officials to find out how they are keeping up and what they are anticipating as Election Day, Nov. 3, approaches. We want you to be a part of the conversation, too. Let's hear your questions and comments around the voting process and your experiences so far. Email exchange@nhpr.org to participate or call in during the show: 1-800-892-6477.

Airdate: Monday, Oct. 19, 2020

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A continuación, encuentra las noticias del viernes 16 de octubre. 

Puedes escucharlas haciendo click en el audio o leerlas.

Una nota: Lo escrito es nuestro guión para nuestras grabaciones. Tenlo en cuenta si ven algunas anotaciones diferentes.

Hay más casos activos de COVID-19 en New Hampshire que la semana pasada

Empezamos compartiendo datos actualizados del COVID-19 en New Hampshire: 

El estado anunció 82 [ochenta y dos] nuevos casos confirmados el jueves, y también 5 [cinco] fallecimientos más. 

A copy of the absentee ballot application form with a note attached that says, "You are needed please fill this out & mail it in."
New Hampshire Attorney General's Office

Your mailbox is probably packed with campaign fliers and get-out-the-vote material these days. With so many voters handling the balloting process by mail this year, it can be confusing to figure out what kind of election paperwork is legit. And if you’re not careful, returning the wrong paperwork to your local elections office could compromise your vote.

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After days of hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who is running for a third term, apparently has made up her mind on Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 

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Whether you plan to cast an absentee ballot or plan to head to your local polling place on Election Day, or even if you haven’t yet finalized your voting plan and need more information to help make up your mind, NHPR can help. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Oct 16, 2020

Oct 15, 2020

As positive COVID cases are on the rise in New Hampshire, we discuss why that is and how to protect ourselves as we head into the colder winter months. Also, NHPR's reporters will update us on local voting issues and our recent live debates. We also chat about how COVID will impact Halloween festivities this year. Plus, our latest installment in our series Down Ballot. 

Air date: Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. 

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U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican challenger Corky Messner debated on NHPR Thursday morning. The two candidates opened the hour-long debate by accusing one another of being beholden to their party leaders on Capitol Hill. 

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