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On October 31, 2016 the Attorney General of NH issued the following explanatory document to all towns for the purpose of explaining procedures to election officials. Any member of the voting public who worries about being denied the right to vote may wish to look at these guidelines.
If you believe you or someone else was denied the right to vote, do not wait. Call the Attorney General's office (toll-free hotline is 1-866-868-3703).
The NH Attorney General's office offers answers to frequently asked election questions on this webpage
Upcoming local and state general election dates are also posted here. Special elections are posted on our Calendar page.
For information about candidate forums and debates, please see our separate Scheduled Candidate Forums page.
We are also highlighting on this page some of the education issues that members have brought to our attention.
Inclusion here does not indicate a League position, as we have not yet completed the important study and consensus process.
Occasionally we post action alerts from the national League here as well.
(This template for town websites was developed by the LWVNH after a thorough study of NH town websites. The League discovered that accurate and complete voter information was missing from or hard to find on many town sites. The League hopes towns will consider using this template to improve their websites and make voting information more accessible to their residents.)
A webinar to explain the template and why these improvements are helpful for voters and officials was presented on March 26, 2014, noon to 1 pm, thanks to the hosts (the NH Municipal Assn). The webinar has been archived and is available for anyone to watch at this site
For a Word document of this template, to allow webmasters easy cut and paste, please email LWV@kenliz.net with a request.
In accordance with principles expressed in the LWVUS position Leagues can now advocate on the state and federal level for better laws, better enforcement of existing laws, increased awareness, and increased support for victims of trafficking.
June 2016 HB1628 was signed into law in NH. It gives law enforcement and prosecutors more tools to crack down on both the supply and demand sides of sex trafficking. The law makes it a crime to pay for sexual contact with a child under 18 and requires those convicted of sex trafficking to register as sex offenders.
Feb. 2015 In the last Congressional session, Sen. Kelly Ayotte sponsored bi-partisan legislation re youth trafficking and homelessness. The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act was reintroduced by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Susan Collins (R-ME)this month. <http://www.ayotte.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=1747>
April 2015 Senator Kelly Ayotte today announced: "On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to adopt a bipartisan amendment introduced by Senator Ayotte and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) that would help rape survivors raise their children in healthy environments. The amendment - modeled after the senators' bipartisan Rape Survivor Child Custody Act - was offered to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act and incentivizes states to pass laws allowing women to petition for the termination of their attacker's parental rights if there is clear and convincing evidence that the child was conceived through rape."
In Spring 2014 the NH Legislature passed SB317, expanding and clarifying laws about human trafficking. Download the pdf
Also in 2014 the US House passed several anti-trafficking bills. In her Sept. 20, 2014, Rep. Anne McLane Kuster wrote: "I was proud to join a group of House colleagues in urging Senate leadership to bring a series of bipartisan anti-human trafficking bills to a vote. While many believe human trafficking only occurs in foreign countries, an estimated 293,000 American youth are at risk of sex trafficking and commercial exploitation in the United States every year. These statistics are completely stunning, and we must do more to combat this terrible practice. It is also critical that we ensure victims of human trafficking get the support and resources they need to put their lives back together. That's why I fought for passage of many of these bills to put an end to human trafficking once and for all, and I urge the Senate to do the same." The Senate is in recess and has not yet acted on these bills. We will try to provide more information on the specific bills.
"The Agriculture Update focused narrowly on:
1) current technology issues in agriculture including genetically modified organisms (GMOs), herbicides, pesticides, agriculture water pollution, aquifer depletion, antibiotics in livestock, and accurate food labeling; and
2) current agriculture finance issues including consolidation in agriculture industries, crop subsidies and the federal agricultural regulatory process."
Consensus meetings of local/state study committees were held in March and April 2014 and results submitted to the LWVUS study. LWVUS issued a revised position statement (May 2014) based on the results of nationwide consensus meetings. See below.
On this site, we will post additional articles and links to current events or NH-specific aspects of agriculture and food safety.
All League members are encouraged to become informed on this topic.
See the description of this year's conference below.
LWVNH will continue to follow energy issues as they affect our state and the entire New England region.
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Last revised: August 16, 2017 05:29 PDT.