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2020 Elections

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

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Michael Brindley / NHPR

Right now, New Hampshire voters aren’t allowed to wear clothing or accessories advocating for or against a candidate, political party or measure on the ballot. Rep. John Potucek, a Derry Republican, is trying to change that — in part because of his own experience at the polls.

Updated at 10:10 a.m. ET

Unwilling to admit defeat but with his time in office at its end, President Trump left the White House early Wednesday, skipping the Inauguration Day ceremony that generations of outgoing presidents have attended — a symbolic peaceful transfer of power that had been made all but impossible by his actions after losing the election to Joe Biden.

Biden Inauguration: Watch, Listen Live

Jan 20, 2021
President Joe Biden
White House

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn in Wednesday. The inaugural events for the 46th president of the United States come amid tight security in Washington after the riot at the U.S. Capitol and, given the coronavirus pandemic, necessitated a very different kind of ceremony.

In the lead-up to Inauguration Day on January 20, turn to New Hampshire Public Radio for in-depth and insightful reporting, spanning NHPR’s on-air, digital and podcast properties.

Inauguration coverage on NHPR caps more than two years of reporting on the 2020 Presidential race, from the earliest days of potential national candidates exploring New Hampshire and considering runs for president, through a busy primary season and our state’s first-in-the-nation primary, to Election Day last November.

Rioters at U.S. Capitol

Members of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation say they support growing efforts to remove President Trump from office, either by impeachment or use of the 25th Amendment, one day after he incited supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol and halt the certification of Joe Biden as president-elect.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: January 8, 2021

Jan 7, 2021

After Wednesday's storming of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump extremists, we take stock of where we are now. Many were arrested, including one from New Hampshire. What do local Republicans say about the President of their party being labeled an instigator? What are your reactions to Wednesday's attack? Email us at exchange@nhpr.org.  

Air date: Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. 

Updated at 4 a.m. ET

Congress certified President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' victory early on Thursday, the end of a long day and night marked by chaos and violence in Washington, D.C. Extremists emboldened by President Trump had sought to thwart the peaceful transfer of power that has been a hallmark of modern American history by staging a violent insurrection inside the U.S. Capitol.

Pro-Trump extremists in D.C. stormed the U.S. Capitol.
Julio Cortez/AP

As Congress conducted a formal count of electoral votes Wednesday afternoon, a mob of pro-Trump extremists stormed Capitol Hill, leading to an armed standoff, at least one death, and curfew in Washington D.C. While the story unfolds, The Exchange wants to hear from listeners: how are you feeling about the ongoing situation in D.C.? Email exchange@nhpr.org. 

Air date: Thursday, January 7, 2021.

File Photo / NHPR

U.S. Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen spoke on NHPR's The Exchange this morning, before chaotic events unfolded at the nation's capitol.

For Republican members of Congress contesting Electoral College votes, Shaheen had stern words: 

Updated at 11:45 p.m. ET

Congress reconvened Wednesday night to certify President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory, just hours after the U.S. Capitol was thrust into chaos by supporters of President Trump — an angry mob that breached the complex in an unprecedented violent act at the seat of America's federal government.

Depending on whom is asked, President Trump's Saturday phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger — during which he urged state officials to "find" votes that could overturn his loss in the state during November's election — may have violated state and federal law.

Annie Ropeik, NHPR

Plymouth Town Clerk Josie Girona Ewing wants to be clear: She doesn’t do this job for the money. She does it because she wants her neighbors to be able to trust their elections. But living up to that goal in 2020 took a lot of extra effort — and extra hours.

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Earlier today, New Hampshire's electors officially cast their votes in the 2020 Presidential election. The electors cast four votes each for Joseph R. Biden for President of the United States and Kamala D. Harris for Vice President of the United States, in accordance with the popular vote in New Hampshire.

Update: The time of the speech has been moved forward to 7:30 p.m. This post has been edited to reflect the new time.

This photo, from the Windham Town Clerk's Facebook page, shows the totals initially reported on election night.
Windham Town Clerk's Office on Facebook

New Hampshire's Ballot Law Commission has joined a bipartisan chorus calling for the state attorney general's office to review why the recount totals in a contested Windham State House race differed substantially from what was recorded at the polls on Election Night.

NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley is talking with some of the lawmakers who have been newly elected to the New Hampshire legislature. Tony Labranche, a Democrat, will represent Amherst in the House of Representatives.

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Rick Ganley: So, Tony, you're going to be the youngest representative in the House for this session. How did you first get interested in politics and how did you decide to run?

NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley is talking with some of the lawmakers who have been newly elected to the New Hampshire Legislature. Maria Perez, a Democrat, will represent Milford in the state House of Representatives.

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

A continuación, encuentra las noticias del lunes 16 de noviembre. 

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Los casos de COVID-19 en New Hampshire siguen aumentando, con más de 2,000 nuevas infecciones detectadas la semana pasada

Funcionarios de salud reportaron 361 [trescientos sesenta y un] nuevas infecciones de COVID en New Hampshire este domingo. 

To many people it's a giant leap forward for womankind. But to others, the historic election of the nation's first female and woman of color to be vice president is a long-overdue step, and a reminder of how much more of the road still lies ahead.

Supporters of President Trump protest at the New Hampshire State House, November 14, 2020
Dan Barrick / NHPR

As President Trump continues his refusal to concede to President-Elect Joe Biden or acknowledge his loss in his bid for re-election, his supporters protested the election results in several events this weekend in New Hampshire.

Coronavirus updates for New Hampshire
Dan Tuohy / NHPR

As some leaders of his own party refuse to acknowledge the same reality, Gov. Chris Sununu said he expects President-Elect Joe Biden to take office in January and affirmed his faith in the integrity of New Hampshire’s elections.

Updated at 8:56 p.m. ET

There is "no evidence" the Nov. 3 election was compromised, committees within the Department of Homeland Security that worked on protecting U.S. voting systems affirmed Thursday. In a statement, they also called the 2020 election the "most secure in American history."

Voters in line in Newfields, N.H., on Nov. 3, 2020
Dan Tuohy, NHPR

Editor's note: This story was updated on Nov. 13 with additional information received from state and local officials about the polling place exposures.

Anyone who stood in line at a New Hampshire polling place on Election Day should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, state officials said Thursday — more than one week after the election took place.

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

New Hampshire’s state legislature was the only one in the country where party control changed in last week's election.

Granite State Republicans kept the governor’s office and took control of the State House and Senate, which had both gone Democratic in 2018.

Proud to vote sticker and a ballot.
Rebecca Lavoie/NHPR

Expanded absentee voting eligibility was expected to reshape voting patterns in New Hampshire in this year's elections. New numbers from the Secretary of State make the scale of that shift clear, with New Hampshire seeing both record turnout and a huge jump in the rate of absentee voting this year.

President Trump made his first official public appearance since Election Day on Wednesday, observing Veterans Day in a traditional wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

Trump, who is defying declarations that he lost his reelection bid, did not speak at the event.

The presidential election underscored deep divisions in U.S. society. After a contentious campaign season, Joe Biden is now the president-elect. But President Trump has not accepted the results, and he has pledged to fight in court and pursue recounts in some states.

So where does the country go from here? How do you think Americans can move forward as a nation? Are you doing anything personally to help overcome the discord? What are your hopes as we move forward with a new administration?

N.H. State House
Allegra Boverman for NHPR

While Democrats won every federal race on the New Hampshire ballot last week, Republicans were the big winners on the state level. That includes gaining new majorities in the state House of Representatives, state Senate and the Executive Council.

And that's led to some soul searching and finger pointing within the state Democratic Party in recent days about what went wrong and how to address it. 

Gov. Chris Sununu dons an "I Voted" sticker after casting his ballot in Newfields
Dan Tuohy | NHPR

NHPR's newsroom is covering Election 2020 as events unfold across the state. With the vote being shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, social unrest, and deep political divisions, it's been a cycle like no other.

N.H. Responds to 2020 Presidential Election Results

Nov 8, 2020
Dan Tuohy for NHPR

After days of suspense awaiting results from Pennsylvania, a key battleground state with 20 electoral votes, the Associated Press and major news networks declared Democratic nominee Joe Biden the winner in the 2020 presidential race on Saturday, Nov. 7. Biden has widened his electoral college lead since his victory in Pennsylvania. President Trump has so far refused to concede, asserting without evidence that the election was stolen. In a statement this weekend, Trump declared the election "far from over," promising more legal action. Several battleground states are headed for recounts.  Meanwhile, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have established a transition team and four major policy areas the incoming administration plans to prioritize.

Airdate: Nov. 9, 2020

Updated at 6:49 a.m. ET

As coronavirus cases surge around the country, President-elect Joe Biden says voters have given him a mandate to take action.

"Daily cases are skyrocketing," Biden said in remarks Friday evening in Wilmington, Del., as the nation waited for the election to be called. "I want everyone — everyone — to know on Day 1, we're going to put our plan to control this virus into action."