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2020 Elections

In the lead-up to Election Day on November 3, NHPR will air NPR’s special live coverage of the upcoming presidential and vice-presidential debates. Overall, four debates will take place across four states: Ohio, Utah, Florida and Tennessee. The debates will air live on NHPR on the following days:

Tuesday, September 29 – First Presidential Debate

8 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Lauren Chooljian / NHPR

Vice President Mike Pence will hold a rally in the Lakes Region Tuesday. Pence’s trip is the latest indication that the Trump campaign sees New Hampshire as a potential battleground.

Sarah Gibson for NHPR

Activists gathered Thursday night for a virtual vigil to honor lives lost to coronavirus and condemn President Trump's handling of the pandemic.

The event – organized by Black Lives Matter Manchester, Rights and Democracy, and the New Hampshire Youth Movement - was streamed from near the Trump campaign office in Manchester.

Annie Ropeik, NHPR

Even before the polls opened on Election Day, we knew New Hampshire was poised for record-breaking absentee ballot numbers. Now, we have the data to better understand how expanded absentee eligibility affected voting patterns in the September state primary.

In an effort to improve transparency around our coverage, NHPR is here to answer your questions about how we cover the news. 

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with NHPR's News Director Dan Barrick about how we're planning to cover this election season, and what we're doing to earn your trust as a listener. 

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

COVID-19 made this month’s primary election in New Hampshire unlike any other. Voters case ballots wearing masks and voting in person or absentee, and election workers added “staying safe from infection” to their list of things-to-do while making voting easy for their fellow community members.

With the general election less than two months away, we wanted to know what lessons the state took away from this unusual primary that might be useful in November. NHPR's Peter Biello spoke with Assistant Attorney General Nicholas Chong Yen.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Sept. 11, 2020

Sep 10, 2020

Democratic Congressman Chris Pappas joins us to discuss his campaign for re-election to represent the first congressional district.  We get an update from NHPR education reporter Sarah Gibson on how students, teachers, and parents are adjusting to a new school year under pandemic conditions.  And we talk with longtime Republican party leader Steve Duprey about former governor Stephen Merrill and his political legacy. Merrill died last Saturday, Sept. 5, in his Manchester home at the age of 74.      

Laura Knoy for NHPR

On the primary ballot this year: candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, governor, executive council, state senators and representatives, along with county offices. Among the most closely watched races is the gubernatorial contest, with Democrats Andru Volinsky and Dan Feltes vying to take on Republican Governor Chris Sununu. We'll find out who came out ahead and what it might mean for the November general election. And we'll also check in on how the voting process itself went, with the dramatic increase in absentee voting due to the pandemic.  If you're an election worker or voter, we want to hear from you. How did the day go?  How did it differ from prior years? 

Air date: Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020