Making Democracy Work

Action and Advocacy

How the LWVNH is now acting, or has formerly acted, on issues.

What is the League currently doing? What issues is the LWVNH focusing on this year? What has the LWVNH accomplished in the past? Tips for effective citizen advocacy.

Issues and Actions

Voter ID Legislation The League continues to monitor voter ID legislation. The League opposes bills requiring photo ID.

Voter ID requirements were passed in June 2012, revised in spring 2013. The League honors its commitment to voter service and education by publicizing the voter ID requirements (please visit our Elections page).

We are also co-plaintiffs in a lawsuit opposing the voter registration requirement to register a car in NH. That case will likely be heard again in 2014.(9/2013 update).

Expanded Gambling The League continues to oppose gambling expansion. The coalition against expansion of gambling in NH is newly reorganized under the name Casino Free NH (see the website and facebook page: http://casinofreenh.org/ <https://www.facebook.com/CasinoFreeNH>

Incarceration The League is tracking legislation related to our study of women incarcerated in NH. We attend bi-monthly meetings of the Interagency Council on Women Incarcerated in NH. We also observe meetings of the committee recently established to study the availability of services in the community to offenders released on parole.

New Hampshire Prison Privatization The League opposed the large-scale privatization of prisons in NH for which bids were being evaluated (fall 2012). We attended coalition meetings opposed to privatization. We urged members to contact the Governor and their Executive Councilors to express opposition to privately run prisons. Happily, the privatization issue has been put to rest now (spring 2013), and a new women's prison is proposed in the capital budget. The League will keep a close eye on plans for the new prison as they are developed. League board members are available to speak to groups in the community interested in learning more about incarceration, alternatives to incarceration, and privatization of prisons.

Alternative Sentencing Members of the League's study committee on incarceration testified in support of establishing more drug courts (alternative courts) in NH. That legislation passed (spring 2012) and we urge the counties to establish drug courts, which are both more successful than incarceration in solving addiction problems in the long run and save money over incarceration costs for drug offenses. We are also heartened by the increase in mental health courts in several NH counties.

Coalitions

New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty<b/> Learn more at: http://nodeathpenaltynh.org/

New Hampshire Prison Watch Learn more at: http://www.nhprisonwatch.org

Casino Free New Hampshire is the recently reorganized coalition against expanded gambling. Learn more at: http://casinofreenh.org/ This group also has a Facebook page

Granite State Priorities (formerly The Granite State Fair Tax Coalition) P.O. Box 3431 Concord NH 03302 603-986-7696. Learn more at: http://gspriorities.org/ View this YouTube video of Mark Fernald's March 2014 talk on NH's tax structure. Fernald is a board member of GSP.

Coalition for Open Democracy 4 Park St Concord NH 03301 Learn more at: http://www.coalitionforopendemocracy.org/

NH Kids Count 2 Delta Drive, Concord NH 03301 Learn more at : http://www.childrennh.org/web/nhcan.html

Housing Action NH Housing Action NH PO Box 162, Concord NH 03302 Learn more at: http://housingactionnh.org