NH citizens in favor of absentee voting option - 168 participants

Jan 25, 2017

A bill currently being considered by the New Hampshire House, HB 622, would allow all registered New Hampshire voters the option of voting by absentee ballot. Currently, voting by absentee ballot is an option in New Hampshire only for those voters who will be absent from their place of residence on election day, or who are unable to vote in person for religious reasons, work hours, or because of a physical disability. Read more about this issue here. On January 25, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should all NH voters have the option to vote by absentee ballot?”

“Should all NH voters have the option to vote by absentee ballot?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Absentee Ballot New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 168 participants gave 340 responses

A total of 94% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 6% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 168 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 340  responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology.

[Note: Citizens Count NH also received additional comments from 34 individuals from outside New Hampshire.]

What Participants Said:

Yes: The majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 59%, were in favor of giving New Hampshire voters the option to use absentee ballots.

  • “Anything that makes voting easier for everyone to do is a good thing. It’s inherently un-American to look for ways to make voting harder in a republic.”
  • “I strongly advocate absentee balloting in NH. Make it easier for elderly and disabled folks to participate.”
  • “I do think it should be done here. Maybe more people would vote if they could it this way. I know a lot of people who don't vote because [of] their work hours. This would give them the right to exercise their voice.”

No: A minority, at 41% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were against giving New Hampshire voters the option to use absentee ballots.  

  • “If going to the polls on election day isn’t important enough to you, then you shouldn’t be voting.”
  • “Too much room for tampering and unverified persons, in addition to an exceptional burden on clerks and town administration.”
  • “Absentee ballots should be reserved for those that are sick and infirm, like those in nursing homes, or military personnel stationed out of state.”

Other: As noted above, 6% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues.

  • Specifics of the bill: “I can't really give a yes or no at the moment because I would like to know a lot more specific detail about the bill before making [up] my mind…”
  • Logistics: “The ballot is machine counted. What's the work?”
  • Current rules: “If one cannot get to a voting location due to work, illness, physical disability... I thought that absentee voting was already allowed.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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Related Bill

HB 622 (2017)
Bill Status: Killed in the House
Hearing date: Feb 07, 2017

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