Here are some frequently asked questions about our organization and its operations.

General Questions
Why was Citizens Count NH® formed?
Citizens Count NH (formerly the Live Free or Die Alliance) was formed to make citizen engagement easier in New Hampshire, based on the premise that greater engagement on the part of citizens leads to a better government.

Why now?
Consider that most New Hampshire citizens are unaware of the large number of issues that affect them and where their elected officials stand on these issues. Prior to 1985, the New Hampshire Legislature reviewed 250 bills per year, but today there are over 1,100 and this number doesn't even take local issues into account.

Due to busy lifestyles and changes in communication, New Hampshire citizens are less informed and engaged than ever before. For this reason, the Founding Members want to bolster the role of active citizens that has long been a cornerstone of New Hampshire's proud and storied past. New Hampshire citizens need tools that can keep them connected, active, and able to make an impact on their government and we provide these citizenship tools.

Is Citizens Count NH truly nonpartisan?
We are vigorously nonpartisan with an emphasis on citizen engagement, not politics. Citizens Count NH is not against political parties, rather it welcomes people from all political parties and independents with a variety of views, for this is the source of energy and ideas that will help solve national, state, and local problems and advance our nation. It is important to note that our Founding Members represent the full range of political philosophies.

Unfortunately, our country is in the grips of a hyperpartisanship epidemic that is taking political polarization to an extreme. Public opinion polls confirm that many citizens believe political parties sometimes do more to confuse the issues than to clarify them and the number of independents is growing.

We offer a solution as an objective source of information about New Hampshire issues and candidates and a civil forum for citizens to find common ground. We provide an alternative to spin and biased information to break down the barriers of partisanship.

Isn't this just another anti-tax group?
We do not take a pro or con position on any policy issue, including taxes. Rather, our organization supports the following:

  • Citizen engagement
  • Keeping well informed
  • Expressing views
  • Volunteering
  • Informed voting

What makes this effort unique?
We take no policy positions and endorse no candidates, we are truly the servant of the citizen. Our organization is member driven. Members set the agenda, propose and debate issues, and take action as individuals. We are the only initiative serving the people of New Hampshire by providing tools to make citizen engagement easier.

How does Citizens Count NH pursue its mission?
We reach out to a very broad community, connecting with citizens through our website, online forums, and face-to-face meetings. By providing objective information not just on the issues but on political candidates, we will succeed in our mission. By harnessing technology, we are active citizenship for the 21st century.

How broad and diverse is the membership body?
One of the unique aspects of our membership is the great diversity of its Founding Members and current membership. We not only welcome people from all political parties and philosophies, but believe that this very diversity will make our state and communities stronger and more vibrant. Everyone is welcome.

Whose idea was it to form this group?
In 2008, a small group of New Hampshire citizens of various political persuasions felt that "citizen engagement" was being confused with "politics." Our citizens had become disenchanted with politicians and had checked out, thereby neglecting their civic duty to help define government policies. The Founding Members decided to try to give New Hampshire citizens the tools to make citizen engagement easier and separate it from the realm of politics by providing objective information on the issues and give citizens a voice in policy deliberations.

The Founding Members felt that taking on a challenge like this at the national level would be impossible, but that hyperpartisanship was not so severe in New Hampshire and that the state was compact enough to enhance the odds of success.

What is the legal status of this effort?
Citizens Count NH is a New Hampshire not-for-profit organization and is an approved federal 501(c)3 public charity. That is, contributions to support us are tax deductible to the extent of the law.

Are there any out of state forces driving this group?
No. Citizens Count NH is New Hampshire based and managed. 

Isn't the phrase "Live Free or Die" outdated?
It is still very much alive. It has been the state's motto since 1945 and it belongs to all New Hampshire citizens. In a Becker Poll dated March 2008, the year when Citizens Count NH was founded, 76% of those interviewed approved of the "Live Free or Die" concept, including over 80% of young people.

Membership Questions
How can people join?
Through our website: www.lfda.org or snail mail to: PO Box 264, Freedom, NH 03836

Are there dues? How much does it cost to join?
It costs nothing to join, but we rely on donations to carry on our mission. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, your donation is tax deductible to the extent of the law. If you would like to make a donation, click here

How is this group going to grow?
Through word of mouth and modern communication efforts, i.e. website, email, other media. We have continuously grown since our inception, and are now the largest nonpartisan community of our kind in New Hampshire. 

What is a Member?
Members are individuals who share our goals, support our principles, and have provided contact information to us. Members can be people who register through the website, people who join Citizens Count NH directly by phone, e-mail, or snail mail or people who interact with us through social media. For more information on membership, click here.

Members who want to interact and join in on discussions on our website need to register their membership through the website.

What is a Founding Member?
An individual who has helped structure and launch our organization. For more information, see About Us.

What is the Citizens Count NH Council?
A group of Regular Members throughout the state who have volunteered to be active in Citizens Count NH by organizing and leading activities in their communities.

What is the role of the Board of Directors?
Oversight of the organization as an entity. Our agenda is set by the members. For more information, see About Us.

Will Citizens Count NH have a social aspect?
Yes, Membership meetings, Council meetings, debates and any other activities desired by the members for camaraderie and enjoyment

Funding and Budget
Who is funding this effort? How is it going to sustain itself and be successful?
Funding is through members’ voluntary contributions (and these are tax deductible to the extent of the law), as well as by corporate sponsors and some foundation grants. Donors and sponsors are listed on our website and exercise no special influence on content. We also receive some funding through the sale clothing and accessories at our store. We are also sustained by our unpaid volunteers.

Will Citizens Count NH advertise?
Yes, if necessary, to promote outreach for new members

What are the expenses of Citizens Count NH?
Annual expenses will support our small staff and operations. 

Does Citizens Count NH have an office? Staff?
We have a small staff responsible for administration, technology, and editorial content. We work in donated office space. However, the organization is also driven by volunteers. 

Is CCNH-LFDA going to lobby certain laws?
We do not lobby. We provide information to our members; the members will do the lobbying on issues that concern them if they are so inclined. We will amplify citizen opinions on issues through our Citizen Voices®, which are sent to media and government officials on behalf of our members. 

Is Citizens Count NH going to target candidates in New Hampshire elections?
No, CCNH-LFDA is a civic, not a political entity-it will provide honest, nonpartisan information to voters on candidates and elected officials as they relate to issues in the state, but will not endorse candidates.

Is this a conservative or liberal group?
A New Hampshire group - all political philosophies are welcome and we encourage a diversity of views.

Will this group be more visible during state elections?
It will be visible at all times.

Does this group have any major political support?
We are not about politics. We are vigorously nonpartisan, but we are confident that many public servants will subscribe to our principles, and we welcome them as members.

Does Citizens Count NH need volunteers?
Volunteers are essential to the vitality of Citizens Count NH as a citizen driven, member-driven organization.

What do volunteers do?
Volunteers help edit issues, conduct research, organize events, recruit members, maintain and monitor the website and social media, update merchandise and promote us in their local community. Click here to volunteer.

Why should I volunteer?
Volunteering will allow you to become an engaged citizen, fulfilling your civic responsibilities to help shape our democratic government in a most effective manner.

What are the benefits of volunteering?
A 2007 study concluded that volunteering "leads to a sense of greater self-worth and trust" and "when individuals volunteer, they are more likely to live longer." Sounds good, doesn't it? Click here to learn more. 

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