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Candidate Forums/Debates

Candidate Forums for upcoming elections

The calendar lists the candidate forums and debates about which we have information. Events listed here are NOT all sponsored or moderated by the League of Women Voters. When we know who is moderating or hosting, we list the organization. (Note that events are deleted after they occur unless they have been recorded for public access after the event. We post the link when we have that information.) --Organizations hosting forums are encouraged to send us details for posting via "president" on our Contacts page.

Upcoming local and state general election dates are also posted here. Special elections are posted on our Calendar page.

Forums/debates/candidate information

If you have information about an upcoming candidate forum in NH, please send the information for posting via email to the League president on our Contact Us page.

We do not post single-candidate events.

If you live in Nashua you can find position statements of the candidates for school board and other municipal seats at the non-partisan VOTE411.org website, hosted by the League of Women Voters US. https://www.vote411.org/ Enter your street address to get started and find the candidates who will appear on your ballot, Nov. 5, 2019.

Presidential Candidate Appearances

The NH Democratic Party is keeping a calendar of Democratic candidate appearances around the state. You can access it here: https://www.nhdp.org/events

The NH Republican Party calendar includes meetings and events but no specific candidate appearances yet. Their home page is https://www.nh.gop/

NHPublicRadio is starting a candidates appearances calendar, which you can access at this site: https://www.nhpr.org/post/2020-nh-primary-candidate-tracker-where-and-when-see-candidates#stream/0

Citizens Count NH, a non-partisan non-profit, is starting to post presidential candidate profiles. Click here.

Date & Time        Place        Description
Friday, January 3, 2020
9 am
NH Public Radio
"The Exchange"
Series of forums with presidential candidates. NH Public Radio and NH PBS are teaming up for a series of candidate forums, the first of which was Oct. 8 in Concord featuring Republican Bill Weld.

Corey Booker on Jan. 3.

For information about being in the live audience in Concord, and for future forums in the series, go to this website or to NHPR "The Exchange" website: https://www.nhpr.org/programs/exchange

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
9 pm
Des Moines Iowa
Broadcast on CNN
Presidential primary debate (Democrats). Six candidates have qualified so far: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, and Elizabeth Warren.

Five more Democrat debates are planned in 2020. Specifics to be announced.

Friday, February 7, 2020
evening (exact time TBA)
St. Anselm College
Goffstown, NH
Broadcast on ABC & WMUR-TV
Presidential primary debate (Democrats). The only New Hampshire presidential primary debate. No information yet on how to get tickets.

Possible website for ticket information as the date gets closer: https://www.anselm.edu/new-hampshire-institute-politics

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
TBA
Las Vegas
Broadcast on NBC & MSNBC
Presidential primary debate (Democrats). Details TBA
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
TBA
South Carolina
Broadcast on CBS
Presidential primary debate (Democrats). Details tba
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
evening (exact time TBA)
New London Candidate forum for New London municipal offices. Details TBA

Organized by LWV of the Kearsarge/Sunapee Area.

Training or Assistance Offered for Candidate Forum Organizers

If your civic club or organization is interested in organizing a candidates forum for local or state races in your community, the League of Women Voters New Hampshire is happy to work with you. We can advise you on protocols. We can also supply a moderator, if requested. With years of forum experience in our background, we have prepared a manual to make it easy for any civic group to organize and to run a forum. We offer a free training, or if you have some experience and just want advice on a point or two, feel free to contact us. Email the League president via our Contact Us page.