The NH Special Committee on Redistricting is meeting Thursday, September 30 for Full Committee Work Session. We're mobilizing our Democracy protectors (you) to Attend in person or online, hold signs at the hearing room, or give us written testimony to deliver. Though no specific details are given on their website, we are assuming that it will be held at the Legislative Office Building (LOB), rooms 210-211, 33 N. State St., Concord.
Thursday, Sept 30, 9:15 AM, Open Democracy and other fair maps advocacy groups are meeting to hold signs and attend the 10AM Special Committee on Redistricting. We're meeting outside the STATE HOUSE side door on Park Street at 9:15, getting instructions and signs, then dispersing to our sign holding locations at 9:30.
Attend the meeting in Person -- We want the hearing room filled, even though the public will not be allowed to speak. Please wear a mask, per CDC guidelines. The hearing room is in the Legislative Office Building, Rm. 210. We'd expect the meeting to be about 2 hours long.
Hold Signs Inside, then attend the meeting -- We need sign holders outside the hearing room. We have some signs, but if you'd like to make your own, we're emphasizing transparency of software, criteria and maps, the lack of public input, and the lack of a schedule for meetings and public hearings: SHOW US THE CRITERIA; LET THE PUBLIC SPEAK; DON'T KEEP US IN THE DARK; FAIR MAPS NEED TRANSPARENCY; WHAT ARE YOU HIDING? WHEN ARE THE HEARINGS? NH VOTERS DESERVE DETAILS NH VOTERS DEMAND FAIR MAPS 74 TOWNS VOTED FOR FAIR MAPS
We would also like you inside to pack the room, if you're able to do so. We're asking everyone to stay masked.
Hold signs outside the State House Entrance or LOB Garage Entrance -- If you'd prefer not to be inside, we'll be stationing sign holders outside the Park Street side entrance to the State House (not the LOB), and outside the LOB parking garage. Meet outside the Park Street entrance for signs and instructions. You'll be done at 10 AM when the hearing starts.
Attend via Zoom -- The Special Committee and Speaker Sherman Packard have refused to allow Zoom access for either legislator participation, or for public input. Open Democracy will be setting up a Zoom meeting to broadcast from the hearing room, for anyone who can't come to Concord to watch. RSVP below and get the Zoom link.
By WEDNESDAY, Sept 29, 5 pm, Submit Written Testimony to Us to Deliver to the Committee
Please write a one-page statement to the committee to tell them how you feel about the process last time, and that you want it to be a FAIR, NONPARTISAN & TRANSPARENT process this time. Please send it to Doreen to print copies for each member of the committee and for the press, and we will deliver them to the committee on Wednesday.
- Transparency is the foundation of our government, and truly fair maps can't be drawn with out it
- 74 NH Cities and towns have passed the NH Resolution for Fair Nonpartisan Redistricting
- Meetings need to be posted in advance, particularly the public hearings in NH Counties
- This meeting, as well as the county hearings, should be on Zoom, to allow more public input into the process
- Maps need to be posted for weeks ahead of time to allow for analysis and public input
Here is some sample testimony for inspiration. Please submit your own writing and don't copy and paste the sample.
THANK YOU for getting re-engaged this summer to fight for fair voting districts!
33 N State St
Concord, NH 03301
Google map and directions
The NH House Special Committee on Redistricting will conduct "public listening sessions" in each NH county during September & October 2021. As someone who is concerned about how a fair, nonpartisan and transparent redistricting process affects your representation in Concord and in Washington, we need you to attend and speak up for a fair process.
We demand a fair, nonpartisan & transparent redistricting process
As we understand it, these meetings will be in-person and will NOT have an interactive Zoom option for remote testimony. They will likely NOT have a YouTube live option as has been the case with Legislative Office Building meetings in Concord, further limiting transparency.
Given the COVID situation, we understand that not all volunteers are comfortable being inside for the meeting, so we have other outdoor and stay-at-home options. That said, we are trying to mobilize as many in-the-room attendees as possible. Through incompetence or intention, there has been an effort to limit the public input into the redistricting process which must be overcome to assure fair maps.
Please follow the links to RSVP for one or more meeting. After RSVPing, you'll be taken to a page where you'll be able to choose HOW you want to participate: Sit inside (from any county); Sit inside and testify in person (from this county); Help explain the maps at inside/outside table; Stay outside and hold signs; Stay outside with clipboard; Stay at home and help make turnout phone calls; Stay at home and submit written testimony.
- RSVP - Sep 28 2021 6:00PM - Grafton County, County Superior Court, 3785 Dartmouth College Hwy, North Haverhill, NH 03774
- RSVP - Sep 30 2021 10:00AM - Full Committee Work Session - No public input - Legislative Office Building Concord
- RSVP - Sep 30 2021 6:00PM - Hillsborough County, NH Institute of Politics, 100 Saint Anselm Dr., Manchester, NH 03102
- RSVP - Oct 5 2021 6:00PM - Rockingham County, County Superior Courthouse, 10 RT 125, Brentwood,NH 03833
- RSVP - Oct 7 2021 6:00PM - Coos County, County Superior Court, 55 School Street, Suite 301, Lancaster, NH 03584
- RSVP - Oct 12 2021 6:00PM - Cheshire County, County Hall, Room: Delegation Hall, 12 Court St, Keene, NH 04341
- RSVP - Oct 13 2021 6:00PM - Sullivan County, Claremont Savings Bank Community Center-Room B, 152 South Street, Claremont, NH 03743
- RSVP - Oct 14 2021 6:00PM - Carroll County, Kennett High School, 409 Eagles Way, North Conway, NH 03860
Belknap County - Not yet scheduled
Below is the contact info for the Special Committee on Redistricting.
|Group email for the whole committee||-||[email protected]||-||-|
|Barbara Griffin||Goffstown||[email protected]||84 Merrill Rd||03045-2138|
|Steve Smith||Charlestown||[email protected]||PO Box 624||03603-0624|
|Ross Berry||Manchester||[email protected]||401 Riverdale Ave||03103|
|Bob Lynn||Windham||[email protected]||16 Dublin Rd.||03087|
|Wayne McDonald||Derry||[email protected]||11 Dickey St||03038|
|Carol McGuire||Epsom||[email protected]||700 Suncook Valley Hwy||03234-4333|
Bad email, FB may be only contact: https://www.facebook.com/OHara4NH/
|25 Spring St. Apt 2||03220|
|Len Turcotte||Barrington||[email protected]||143 Beauty Hill Rd||03825-5523|
|Paul Bergeron||Nashua||[email protected]||15 Stanstead Pl||03063-1572|
|David Cote||Nashua||[email protected]||96 West Hollis St||03060-3146|
|Connie Lane||Concord||[email protected]||PO Box 534||03301|
|Israel Piedra||Manchester||[email protected]||677 Maple St||03104-3785|
|Marjorie Smith||Durham||[email protected]||100 Piscataque Rd||03824-3326|
|Lucy Weber||Walpole||[email protected]||217 Old Keene Rd||03608-4845|
|Matt Wilhelm||Manchester||[email protected]||100 Magnolia Rd||03104-1606|
Action of the Week - A Simple But Powerful Action You Can Take
Questions / Comments / Corrections, contact Brian Beihl, Deputy Director
- Updated May 18, 2021 -
This week's Action:
Wednesday, May 19, at 9:30, NH Election Law hears testimony on a surprise, non-germane amendment to SB 89. This amendment tries to prevent the use of election rules in the federal H.R. 1 / S. 1 For the People Act for state and county elections.
Given the refusal of the NH Legislature to pass sensible bills which allow every voter to be heard, we think that the provisions of H.R. 1 / S. 1 For the People Act are huge steps forward, and support the implementation nationally and here in NH.
Here is your action:
Please sign in to oppose this SB 89 amendment via the House Calendar! http://gencourt.state.nh.us/house/committees/remotetestimony/default.aspx
- Select “Wed. May 19th”
- Select “House Election law”
- Select “SB 89 amendment 2021-1445h ”
- Select “I oppose this bill”
- Then complete the address information
If you want to speak against the amendment: Under testimony, select “Testimony is for non-germane amendment.”
9:30 a.m. SB 89 Amendment Public Hearing on non-germane amendment #2021-1445h to SB 89.. The amendment adds a part VI to the bill which would not allow NH to follow the For the People Act rules, if it passes, for county or state elections. A similar amendment was defeated in Texas last week, suggesting that this may be a coordinated national effort to neutralize H.R. 1 / S. 1. Should it pass, Open Democracy Action would oppose SB 89. The NH Senate would have to “concur” on SB 89 after such an amendment. Open Democracy Action opposes this amendment
Thank you for taking this simple action!
Brian Beihl, Deputy Director, Open Democracy Action
If you did this action and want to do more, consider joining an Open Democracy Team. Our six regional teams are briefed each week for an hour and given 1-3 actions each week, but with more learning and strategy involved. Actions include writing letters to legislators, letters to the editor, working with your local election officials on issues, calling your state reps and senators, and fun actions like this signs, walks, parades and festivals. You can choose your level of commitment, but you'll be a smarter, more engaged, more powerful citizen as a result! Check it out
Please join us support of an independent redistricting commission by signing the petition.
We believe in voters choosing their politicians rather than politicians choosing their voters. Gerrymandering is a national problem on both sides of the political spectrum. Electoral districts should be formed in a fair and open process in the best interest of all Granite Staters. We know that America’s faith in government has been shaken, and creating a fair and transparent system of redistricting would help restore the public’s confidence. That is why I support, through Constitutional Amendment or a legislative fix, an independent commission to oversee the redistricting process in New Hampshire.