Voting scorecards

NH Legislator Voting Records on 2019 Democracy Legislation

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For supporters of Democracy, it was a hopeful year in New Hampshire, with eight Democracy bills reaching the Governor's desk.   But hope didn't sway Governor Sununu, who vetoed all but two of those bills.  

Download the PDF of the NH House, Senate and Governor Scorecard

This nine-page document includes House, Senate, and Governor scorecards, bill descriptions, and methodology.

View Google Sheet of the NH House, Senate and Governor Scorecard online, with sortable columns

This Google Sheet allows you to sort any column in acendending or decending order.

 

What bills were included in the Scorecard?

While there were dozens of Democracy bills this term -- the most in recent history -- we unfortunately don't have legislators on the record for all of them, and many of those bills were killed before passing the NH House or Senate. Most of the bills included in our scorecard passed both the NH House and Senate and were sent to Governor Sununu, OR were attempts to override his vetoes.  Only HCR 5 was only approved by only one chamber.

Read a description and legislative history of the bills.

For the House Scorecard:        (Click on the Bill # to read the bill language)

  • HB 706 Independent Redistricting Commission
  • HB 706 Veto Override Vote
  • HB 105 Voting Rights Restoration
  • HB 106 Voting Rights - Definitions of Domicile
  • HB 106 Veto Override Vote
  • HCR 5 Amendment to Overturn Citizens United
  • HB 504  Veto Overide for the amended HB 504 resolution to overturn Citizens United and require fair redistricting, which passed both the House and Senate.

For the Senate Scorecard: 

  • HB 105 Voting Rights Restoration
  • HB 106 Voting Rights - Definitions of Domicile
  • SB 7, Automatic Voter Registration at DMV
  • SB 105, Transparency of Inaugural Committee Contributions
  • SB 106, Requiring groups to register and report if political spending was $2500 or more.
  • SB 106  Veto Override
  • SB 156  Transparency:  Closed the LLC Loophole, allowing limited liability corporations to funnel anonymous dark moneyanonymous donations to campaigns
  • HB 504,  Resolution to overturn Citizens United and require fair redistricting, which passed the House, was amended in the Senate, and passed Senate. 
  • SB 206, Lobbying Reform - Prohibiting utility companies from spending ratepayer money for lobbying activity.

For the Governor's Scorecard:

  • HB 706 Independent Redistricting Commission
  • HB 105 Voting Rights Restoration
  • HB 106 Voting Rights - Definitions of Domicile
  • SB 105, Transparency of Inaugural Committee Contributions
  • SB 106, Requiring groups to register and report if political spending was $2500 or more
  • SB 156  Transparency:  Closed the LLC Loophole, allowing limited liability corporations to funnel anonymous dark moneyanonymous donations to campaigns
  • HB 504,  Resolution to overturn Citizens United and require fair redistricting, which passed the House, was amended in the Senate, and passed Senate. 
  • SB 206, Lobbying Reform - Prohibiting utility companies from spending ratepayer money for lobbying activity.

Why some bills and not others?

There are three types of votes taken by the legislature, but only one of which puts legislators on the record:  Roll call votes.

Roll Call Votes  For an important vote where the public is watching carefully, roll call votes put each legislator on the record as voting for or against a bill.  Roll call votes give us the most information as to who is, and is not, supporting Democracy legislation, and these votes are the basis for our NH Legislator Democracy Scorecard.  Veto Override votes, where a 2/3 majority is needed to be successful, are required by the NH Consititution to be roll call votes.  

Voice Votes   Voice votes are typically taken when a vote is not controversial and not expected to be close.  The chair makes a determination from the front of the room as to whether there are more Yeas than nays his or her judgment.   If it's too close to call, a roll call or division vote may be requested.   These are, unfortunately for the voters, NOT included in our scorecard.

Division Votes   If a bill is close, or particularly contentious, a division vote might be taken.   Unlike a voice vote, every vote is counted, but not tied to a particular legislator.   This gives cover to legislators who might vote for a bill that his or her constituents might not like, or where that legislator might vote against the party's position.   But in some cases, a division vote is to our advantage if it's close and we want bipartisan support for it to pass.  Unfortunately for the voters, division votes are NOT included in our scorecard.

Scoring methodology

The score that appears in the red column on the following pages represents a legislator's percentage of pro-reform votes. Because it is impossible to know why a legislator missed a particular vote, excused absences (A/E) and unexcused absences (A/U) were treated as anti-reform votes. Representatives with fewer than two recorded votes were not scored and show N/S in the score column

Scorecards from Previous Years

Read, download or print the 2017-2018 legislative biennium voting scorecard

 


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  • Steven Varnum
    commented 2017-08-04 18:00:11 -0400
    Hi Kimberly. Apologies for not responding more quickly. We’re an all-volunteer organization funded by people who believe in our principles and our goals.
    Steve Varnum, board co-chair.
  • Kimberly Morin
    commented 2017-07-29 20:24:45 -0400
    Who funds you?