To download a poster for this series, click here
Members can join a conversation in their own town, or can set up their own discussion groups. Several of attended similar discussion groups last year. You'll have lots to think about; and fun with the discussion.
To learn where the nearest conversation is, or start one of your own see details at Catamount Earth Institute
NH allows "same day voter registration." If you have recently moved to your city or town and for some reason have not yet registered in your city or town, you may do so on election day. Bring proof of identity, age, and residence (such as birth certificate, driver's license, utility bill with your name and current address etc.)
A PHOTO ID IS NOT REQUIRED TO VOTE IN THIS ELECTION
The date for New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation Presidential primary is Tuesday, January 10, 2012. Those who are already registered as Republicans or Democrats may vote only in their party. Independents may choose the ballot of either party. The deadline for changing party affiliation has passed (Oct. 14, 2011) for this Presidential primary.
If you are denied your right to vote and believe you are a qualified voter in your city or town, immediately phone the Secretary of State (271-3242) or the State Attorney General (271-3658). Additional help is at the NH Votes Helpdesk 1-800-540-5954.
To view sample ballots go to http://www.sos.nh.gov FYI- There are 14 names including Obama on the Democratic Ballot; there are 30 names (Including all that have appeared in the news) on the Republican ballot.
If you wish to return to 'Independent' status, you may change your party to non-aligned at the polls, after you cast your primary vote.
Here is a link to the NH Redistricting committee's website that is now available.
If you go to the read background information on this website, you will find a lot of material, such as a glossary, NH redistricting guidelines for 2011 and recent change to the NH Constitution, Voting Rights Act.
In 2006, the NH state constitution was amended to require that towns with enough inhabitants to have one or more districts would be established as a single-town district. Further, the fractional excess population in two or more contiguous districts can be combined into a `floterial' or `at-large' district. It was noted that the committee is responsible for the redistricting for the US House, the NH State House and the Executive Council districts. The NH Senate determines its own district lines; these may cross county boundaries.
Here are the committee's DRAFT redistricting guidelines for 2011:
1. Districts should be drawn in such a manner as to adhere to the one man + one vote principle. Districts for state offices should be substantially equal in population. The population of districts should not deviate by more than 5% above or 5% below the ideal population. The ideal population for a House district is 3,291. Congressional districts should be as nearly equal in population as practicable.
2. In accordance with Part 2, Article 9 of the New Hampshire Constitution, and regardless of the office for which a redistricting plan is drawn, no plan shall divide a town, ward or unincorporated place.
3. Districts for the New Hampshire House of Representatives shall drawn in accordance with Part 2, Article 11. Districts may be composed of one or more towns, one or more wards, or a combination of towns and wards. Floterial, or at-large, districts shall be composed of two or more underlying districts. All districts, including floterial districts, should be as small as practicable.
4. No district in a redistricting plan for the New Hampshire House of Representatives shall cross county lines.
5. Districts should be composed of convenient, contiguous territory. Contiguity by water is acceptable if the water is not a serious obstacle to travel within the district.
6. Districts should not dilute the voting strength of racial or language minority populations.
7. Districts should be as compact as possible.
Here are some of the concerns that were raised in the meeting about Grafton's districts:
Deadline: New Hampshire state law does not impose a particular deadline for drawing congressional lines, though candidates must file for congressional primary elections by June 15, 2012. [N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 655: 14]
All About Redistricting This is the website of Prof Justin Levitt, of the Loyola Law School. Levitt has several resources that might be useful for schools: Citizen's Guide to Redistricting which is full of interesting information and comparisons of states, and a powerpoint about redistricting that might be useful to use in classrooms, and a 5-part video on the topic that might be shown in whole or in part.
The Levitt website has a page titled How can the Public Engage which asks some good questions about the process of redistricting, that interested citizens might ask.
Compactness: The ideal compact district would be a circle, with a score of 1. A square district has a compactness score of 0.785. Other shapes have lower scores. The topic of 'compactness' is one of the 'ideal' guidelines for redistricting, but is subject to debate when the time comes for redistricting, where other considerations must be factored in, such as town boundaries or the irregularities of geography. Here is a link to a white paper on gerrymandering. Also see this article for information about compactness prepared by one of the big companies (Azavaea) that does geospatial analysis. This document has extensive discussion about the mathematics of measuring `compactness'.
The Redistricting Game: This game is a fascinating introduction to the process, and the allows the player a variety of approaches to redistricting. Easy to use. Dramatic side issues evolve in attempting to accomplish assorted 'goals'.
GERRYMANDERING, this new documentary is available to download for free until November 15, 2011
And David Souter is promoting Civics Education
Gretchen Wallace is a 2001 Tuck School graduate and founder of Global Grassroots, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing about social change by and for women and girls in underdeveloped countries, primarily in Africa. Her main interests are refugee issues, women's status in poor and war-torn countries, HIV, and sexual violence.
General obstacles that stand in the way of women's progress:
She listed several examples of change projects: 1) An unsuccessful example: an idealistic young man attempting to create change in refugee rights by establishing 3 small libraries in refugee camps with regular lectures on issues affecting the population. This did not work for several reasons: people could not read and refugee populations are so traumatized and in such constant flux that they are unable to concentrate on attempting to better their conditions through educational means.
2) Successful example: in one non-refugee community drinking water was polluted by water-borne pathogens. Much energy was expended in collecting water from farther away, with more than 3 hours of labor needed to gather a day's supply (10 gallons per family/day). In addition to walking long distances carrying the water, women doing the collection were very likely to be sexually assaulted if they were alone or out at dusk.
GGR supported a women's initiative to build two tanks to collect rainwater from the church roof and sell the water to those who could afford it and give it away to those who couldn't. This initiative served 1,000 people in the community. Women slept in groups next to the tanks to protect their supply. Vulnerable women were supported, and men began to be interested. The money collected led to all sorts of programs, including a revolving loan fund. It took four years to succeed and has by now expanded to provide water to 6,000 people.
GGR researches a community to see what is needed and to locate the person/ s who might become "change agent/s". These are invited to become part of the program and asked what issues are facing the women in the community and for ideas on how to deal with the problems. It takes several months to build a local program and provide leadership training, involving mind- body training. Women (and sometimes a few men) learn how to build a sustainable project and are supported in their efforts by GGR for 12-18 months. During this time they learn how to sustain themselves and how to leverage money for further growth. The end goal is to promote local entrepreneurship, so that the projects will not require future aid. Initial funding (not loan) for a project is often a grant on the order of $6,000. So far, GGR has trained 300 change agents through its "Academy for Conscious Change", mainly women (10% men), and the programs launched become micro non-profts in their own right. It is now looking at using technology to reach out and train change agents.
So far, GGR `s work in concentrated in Rwanda, but by now about 170 women's groups from 45 countries are requesting help from GGR in helping them find local solutions to local problems. Expanding the programs to other countries will be difficult, however, given GGR's small staff of 5.
GGR's funding is currently at $400,000, including 60 foundation grants and donations. Some funds come from licensing their film. Trainers are funded to teach others and thus multiply their effect.
Gretchen Wallace firmly believes that, even though the 501.c.3 Global Grassroots's core mission is working with women in post-conflict countries, its support systems could be used to bring about local change not only in countries affected by war, but also in areas hit by natural disasters and otherwise economically and socially stressed communities anywhere, including the US. To this end it is looking for local partners who would like to have a financial role in working with local projects.
The LWV of the United States has an exchange program that brings women from other developing countries to this country to engage them in learning about civic institutions.
How the LWV US works with women in other countries: The national LWV has a Global Democracy program for activists and nongovernmental organizations worldwide. Working with groups abroad to increase their voice in stressing transparency, accountability, and good governance in their societies, the League assists in expanding community influence in public policy-making processes while helping citizens build leadership skills through interactive, hands-on training and citizen exchange programs (in which local leagues particpate by hosting foreign participants). The League of Women Voters is registered as a Private Voluntary Organization with USAID and is part of the Registry of Civil Society Organizations with the Organization of American States.
Recognizing that the Death Penalty is ineffective as a matter of public policy, the NHCADP seeks to:
1. publicize information about current legislation pertaining to the death penalty in NH and
2. strategize and mobilize actions on behalf of abolishing the death penalty.
What can I do to get involved?
When: Friday, Feb 5, 2010; Friday, Mar 5, 2010 Where: Legislative Office Building (map)
Through decades of work in their communities, League members have learned that Americans believe that fairness and responsibility, as well as access, are important values for any health care system. We believe that healthcare reform can only succeed if it takes all these values into account. For more information, click here.