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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

N.H. Voter Rules and Residency Requirements

Allegra Boverman

A video claiming to reveal fraud on primary day has re-energized calls for voters to spend a certain amount of time living here before casting a ballot.  But the devil's in the details; such as how long is long enough, how to verify someone's identity and address, and the difference between "domicile" and "residency."


  • Rep. David Bates, Republican representative from Windham, and sponsor of a bill seeking to make a constitutional amendment about a residency requirement for voting in New Hampshire.
  • Rep. Wayne Burton, Democratic representative from Durham, and member of the House Election Law Committee.
  • David Scanlan, New Hampshire's Deputy Secretary of State.


  • Wendy Underhill, policy analyst for the National Conference of State Legislatures. She manages NCSL's elections team.
Read more:

  • Read the text of Rep. Bates' bill here.
  • Recent NHPR reporting on bills addressing New Hampshire's voting laws
  • NHPR reports on the undercover videothat claims to show voter fraud in the N.H. Primary
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