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To Bill or Not to Bill: Who Should Pay for Presidential Visits?

What is the cost of democracy? Last fall, communities across New Hampshire debated whether or not they should bill presidential candidates for the cost of public safety services during visits to their communities. What emerged from these discussions was another question: Did residents understand that under the current system, local governments underwrite the cost of campaign visits by candidates representing the two, major political parties?

Exercising a Public Trust: Voting

“Your every voter, as surely as your Chief Magistrate, under the same high sanction, though in a different sphere, exercises a public trust." So observed Grover Cleveland, the 22nd President of the United States, in his first inaugural address in 1885. Here in New Hampshire, citizens take elections and voting very seriously. For nearly 90 years, New Hampshire voters have participated in the first-in-the-nation Presidential primary—a tradition that is fiercely guarded.

Local Officials Prepare for Election Season

The election season is underway, and, inevitably, numerous questions arise. Moreover, the legislature has recently amended a number of election laws. The following are a few brief reminders and a summary of selected statutory amendments.

Legislative Changes Affect New Hampshire Election Law

As autumn arrives, so does election season. This is a good time for municipal officials to become familiar with some of the recent changes to New Hampshire laws that will affect this year’s federal, state and local elections. All of the changes discussed in this article took effect on or before September 1, 2006.