On the night before the New Hampshire election, many voters in New Hampshire will be asking the same question: of the many candidates on the ballot, which viable candidates will vote to reduce the size of government? By then it’s too late to research the candidates, so we've done the research for you.
Yes. Liberty Ballot evaluates candidates based on their small government stance and based on their viability. There are some non-viable pro-liberty candidates on the ballot. Examples of this are Nobody for Governor and Eli D. Clemmer for Congressional District 2.
Why are the races with no primary opponents left blank?
For the New Hampshire Republican Primary, Liberty Ballot only makes recommendations in races with contested primaries. If there isn't a primary opponent, the listed candidate(s) almost always win by default. Feel free to vote in every single race, even if Liberty Ballot didn't make a recommendation.
If I am not currently registered to vote, can I still vote on Election Day?
Yes. Register at your polling location directly before you vote. If you have a government-issued ID, bring it with you.
May I load this information onto my cellular phone and bring it into a voting booth?
Yes. If there is no cellular phone coverage at your voting location, download the sample ballot to your phone. If your voting location has cellular coverage, you will be able to view the sample ballot via this website.
If I am registered as Undeclared (unaffiliated/independent), can I vote in the Republican Primary?
Yes. You may vote in either the Republican Primary or the Democratic Primary, but not both of them.
May I take a printout of my ballot with me into a voting booth?
Yes. If you take a sheet of paper into a voting booth, please remember to take it with you when you leave.
How do I help spread the word about Liberty Ballot?
Some good options are emailing the website to your friends, co-workers and family; posting links to the website on Facebook; following and retweeting Liberty Ballot on Twitter; and spreading the word on Instagram.
How did Liberty Ballot evaluate candidates without legislative experience?
Dozens of activists were involved in a very long research process. Ratings, endorsements, and pledges from a large variety of organizations and people were considered, including but not limited to: New Hampshire Liberty Alliance, Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, New Hampshire Firearms Coalition, Gun Owners of New Hampshire, Americans for Prosperity New Hampshire, Young Americans for Liberty, elected officials, etc. Candidate debates, websites, Facebook pages, literature and interviews were also considered as part of the evaluation process. Additionally, candidate viability is considered.
Why isn’t candidate X marked on the ballot?
There are a few possible reasons, including: it’s not a contested race,
Liberty Ballot thinks another candidate is better, there are multiple good candidates in the race, and there are no liberty candidates in the race.
How did Liberty Ballot evaluate candidates with state legislative experience?
For state House and Senate candidates with a legislative record, several years of their most recent New Hampshire Liberty Alliance Liberty Ratings were the primary consideration. Information from the sources listed above was also considered.
Why are there fewer candidates marked than allowed in a race?
Bullet voting for fewer than the maximum number of allowed candidates in multi-seat districts is a proud New Hampshire tradition. If you think strongly about an additional candidate, feel free to also vote for that candidate (but be careful not to exceed the maximum number of allowed votes in that race).
Why are there races without candidates marked?
Liberty Ballot does not make recommendations in all races. Perhaps there was no good candidate in a particular race. Your judgment may vary.
What about the United States Senate race?
Liberty Ballot recommends Corky Messner over the three other candidates. The New Hampshire Firearms Coalition endorsed Corky. Liberty state senators Harold French and John Reagan endorsed Corky. Among the many liberty state reps that endorsed Corky are Michael Yakubovich, Jason Osborne, Michael Vose, and Alan Bershtein. Former Speaker Bill O'Brien endorsed Corky.
Perhaps Rand Paul said it best in his endorsement of Corky.
“One of my favorite things about New Hampshire is the ‘Live Free or Die’ spirit of independence and liberty. Having more senators in Washington who embody those ideals and can amplify that message in Congress is needed now more than ever." “Fortunately, with Corky Messner, the Granite State has a candidate who is prepared to do just that.”
“Corky Messner is an outsider who understands the need for more leaders who will buck the status quo and defend the constitution.” “He’s a businessman who knows how important it is to get our debt and deficit under control and our spending in check."
“He’s a veteran who has served our country honorably and believes, like President Trump and I do, that we must end the endless wars and take care of our veterans, who have sacrificed so much.”
Is Liberty Ballot affiliated with any group or organization?
No. Liberty Ballot is 100% independent. Liberty Ballot makes recommendations, not endorsements. Several people are involved in researching and vetting candidates.
If I am registered as Democratic, may I vote in the Republican Primary?