We are happy to announce that our keynote speaker for the Grover Cleveland Dinner to benefit the Carroll County Democrats will be Gary Hirshberg, co-founder, chairman and former 30-year “CE-Yo” of organic yogurt company Stonyfield Farm. He is a nationally known, charismatic speaker and we are thrilled he will be here. Mark your calendars for October 12th at Attitash Grand Summit, more info to follow.
The Tri-Town Democrats (Moultonborough, Tuftonboro & Sandwich) are hosting a forum on the NH Economy on June 29th at the Moultonborough Public Library at 6:30PM. Join them, State Senator Jeb Bradley, former Senator Andrew Hosmer and Greg Bird of the NH Center for Public Policy Studies for a non-partisan discussion of the issues facing our state.
Join us on June 10th around 1pm for our annual Flag Day Picnic at Dick and Ruth Stuart’s house on Squam Lake, 677 Squam Lake Rd Sandwich. We began this event to try and rally support in the Lakes Region for Democrats a few years ago and after Edie DesMarais‘ historic win in the Wolfeboro Special Election are convinced that we can win in every district. It will take time, and some money, from all of us though. So come hang out at the lake, enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers, hear from Steve Marchand, State Senator Dan Feltes and Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky as well as our 4 Democratic State Representatives from Carroll County and make a suggested contribution of $25.
The Carroll County Democratic Committee will be hosting its second annual Flag Day Picnic at the home of Dick Stuart in Sandwich on Sunday, June 12.
The picnic starts at 1 p.m.
All local New Hampshire House and county candidates have been invited, and gubernatorial candidates Mark Connolly, Steve Marchand and Colin Van Ostern are expected, as well as congressional candidates Shawn O’Connor and Carol Shea-Porter.
“Last year’s event was a great success with presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee, now gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern and congressional candidates Shawn O’Connor and Carol Shea-Porter attending,” said County Democratic Chair Erik Corbett.
“We even had a Republican tracker try to sneak in to film and twist our candidates words, so we must be doing something right,” he continued.
“We are looking forward to hearing how they will lead New Hampshire and America forward from our legislative and gubernatorial candidates this year. With the GOP openly rallying around a xenophobic bigot, we have an incredible opportunity to achieve lasting progress for Carroll County, New Hampshire and the United States.”
The Flag Day Picnic will be held at 677 Squam Lake Road.
The Carroll County Democrats will provide hot dogs, hamburgers and beverages, and guests are encouraged to bring a salad or dessert if they choose.
A $25 contribution is suggested but not required.
We’ve had both Democratic candidates for Governor at our last 2 monthly meetings and will see more of them over the Summer. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday April 19th at 6pm at the Sunny Villa restaurant on Rt 16 in Ossipee. The NH Democratic Party Platform Committee will be in attendance to discuss the party platform and listen to input from you about what should be part of the 2016 NH Democratic Platform.
We are also very excited to have a few new faces expressing an interest in running for office in the Fall. If anyone is interested in exploring a run please contact Erik Corbett at email@example.com or 978-771-2675. We have 15 NH House seats to find candidates to vie for, a NH Senate seat, 2 County Commissioner seats and various other County offices. Typically Democrats do well in Presidential Election years and with the strong Democratic ticket and lackluster Republican candidates this will be a very exciting election season.
Finally, save the date of Sunday June 12th for our 2nd Annual Flag Day Picnic at Dick Stuarts house on the shores of Squam Lake in Sandwich. Last Summers event was a great success with a Presidential candidate, a gubernatorial candidate, both Congressional candidates and countless local candidates all in attendance. We’ll have more information about day as it gets closer.
The 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia, July 25th-28th, 2016.
Any registered New Hampshire Democrat (or person under the age of 18 who will be 18 on or before Nov. 8th, 2016) can register to run to be a Delegate for your Presidential candidate.
A total of 32 Delegates and 2 At-Large Alternate Delegates will be going to the national convention from New Hampshire. The entire NHDP Delegate Selection Plan is available HERE.
There are different levels at which you can run:
16 District-Level Delegates
The District-Level Delegates will be elected at a caucus of your candidate and his/her supporters on January 30th, 2016 in each of New Hampshire’s Congressional Districts. A total of 8 will be elected from each Congressional District, split evenly between men and women (4 men & 4 women from each District).
District-Level Delegate Filing Period: January 18th, – January 22nd, 2016
3 Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) Delegates
The second level is “Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official Delegate”, these typically include elected officials and Party leaders. We will elect 3 of this category on April 16th, 2016, they will be elected by the 16 District-Level Delegates who were elected on January 30th.
PLEO Delegate Filing Period: April 4th – April 8th, 2016
5 At-Large Delegates
The third level is At-Large Delegate. We will elect 5 of this category on April 16th, 2016, they will be elected by the 16 District-Level Delegates who were elected on January 30th.
At-Large Delegate Filing Period: April 4th – April 8th, 2016
2 At-Large Alternate Delegates
The last level is At-Large Alternates, we will elect 2 At-Large Alternates on April 16th, 2016, they will be elected by the 16 District-Level Delegates who were elected on January 30th.
At-Large Alternate Delegate Filing Period: April 4th – April 8th, 2016
Per DNC rules the entire delegation must be split evenly between men and women.
The NHDP and the candidate’s also must ensure that the delegation is diverse in its representation of historically underrepresented groups (LGBT, Youth, Hispanic/Latino, African American, Disabled, Native American, AAPI).
NHDP Delegation as of 9/13/15:
Automatic Unpledged Party Leaders and Elected Official Delegates
- NHDP Chairman Raymond Buckley
- NHDP Vice Chair Martha Fuller Clark
- DNC Committeewoman Kathy Sullivan
- DNC Committeeman William Shaheen
- DNC Member At-Large Joanne Dowdell
- Governor Maggie Hassan
- Senator Jeanne Shaheen
- Congresswoman Annie Kuster
16 District-Level Delegates (Elected 1/30/16)
3 PLEO Delegates (Elected 4/16/16)
5 At-Large Delegates (Elected 4/16/16)
2 At-Large Alternate Delegates (Elected 4/16/16)
For more information on the Delegate Selection process please email Sean Doyle at firstname.lastname@example.org
Due Dates and Deadlines: The State Election Calendar
The New Hampshire Secretary of State is responsible for annually setting key dates for elections. Besides the “First in the Nation” primary date, the New Hampshire Secretary of State is responsible for setting the dates for all state elections. This includes town, county, and state elections. The Secretary of State also enforces election law and interprets rules regarding elections.
Important dates are listed below in chronological order. The mysterious RSA code at the end of the date is the state law that must be met for the event/action. You can find more detailed information on the NH Secretary of State home page at http://sos.nh.gov.
Supervisors should post checklist for general election showing party registration at town or city clerk’s office or at town or city hall; checklist must show place and time for session for correction of the checklist. RSA 654:33
January 12Feb 9th
Last day to publish notice in newspaper with general circulation in town of January 19 session for correction of the checklist for town election. RSA 654:27; 669:5
Last day for supervisors to post copy of checklist for primary election in the town or city clerk’s office or at town or city hall; notice of day, place, hour of upcoming checklist session must be posted with checklist. RSA 654:26, 27
Supervisors must hold session for correction of checklist from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and for extended hours at the discretion of the supervisors for town election. Change in party registrations may be accepted. RSA 669:5.
January 20-January 29*
Filing period for town offices in towns using non-partisan ballot system. Any candidate filing on last day must file in person. Clerks must be available between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on last day of filing period. RSA 669:19; 652:20
Declarations of candidacy. All candidates filing on the last day must file in person. RSA 669:19
Last day for party caucus to nominate candidates for town office in towns using partisan system. RSA 669:39
Session for correction of checklist to be held as a minimum requirement between 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. and at the discretion of the supervisors for extended hours. RSA 654:27, 28.
Last day for town clerk/supervisors to accept voter registration applications. No additions or corrections shall be made to the checklist after this session, until election day, except as provided in RSA 659:12. RSA 654:8, II. No change of party applications shall be accepted. RSA 654:32 Reports of transfer, reports of death, removal of names allowed. RSA 654:36, 37, 44.
Last day for 2 percent of voters of a town to petition selectmen to place referendum on ballot to increase or decrease membership of board of selectmen. RSA 41:8-b, 8-d
Last day for 25 or more voters or 2% of the voters, whichever is less, in the town to apply to selectmen to include a warrant article. RSA 39:3
Last day for Secretary of State to deliver Presidential Primary ballots to clerks. Ballots shall be inspected by town or city clerk in the presence of at least one other legal voter and resealed for use on election day. RSA 656:29.
Last day for supervisors to post final corrected checklist for Presidential Primaryand certification of checklist. RSA 654:28,29.
City or town clerk must be available to accept any completed Presidential Primary absentee ballots filed in person, or returned by a family member at least between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. RSA 652:20, 657:17
February 9: State Presidential Primary Election Day
Last day for supervisors to post town election checklist at town clerk’s office or at town hall; notice of day, hour and place of upcoming checklist sessions must be posted with checklist. RSA 654:26, 27, 669:5. Voters may register at the polls on election day. RSA 653:9; 654:7-a, 7-b
Last day for any candidate who received at least 9 percent of the votes cast in a party’s primary to apply to Secretary of State for recount. RSA 660:7.
Last day for any candidate who requested a recount to withdraw the request. RSA 660:7, II. (Monday is the deadline, but it is a state holiday – President’s Day)
Last day to publish notice of February 27 session for correction of checklist for town election. RSA 654:27, 669:5.
Last day for selectmen to post warrant at all polling places and at town clerks office and at town hall; warrant shall prescribe place, day, hour of election, the time polls are to open and the time before which polls may not close; warrant shall specify which items will be voted on by ballot. RSA 39:5, 669:2.
Session of supervisors for correction of checklist as a minimum requirement between 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and at the discretion of the supervisors for extended hours. RSA 654:27, 28; 669:5.
Last day for town clerk/supervisors to accept voter registration applications. No additions or corrections shall be made to the checklist after this session, until election day, except as provided in RSA 659:12. RSA 654:8, II. Reports of transfer; reports of death; removal of names. RSA 654:36, 37, 44
Last day for supervisors to post final, corrected checklist for town election, on or before midnight. RSA 654:28. Certification of checklist; 2 copies filed with town clerk. RSA 654:28, 29.
March 7 5:00 p.m.
Town clerk must be available to accept any completed absentee ballots filed in person at least between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. RSA 652:20; 669:29; 657:17; 657:24.
Town Election Day. Voters may register at the polls on election day. RSA 39:1, 669:1, 654:7-a, 7-b. Any person has the right to observe in-person voter registration. They may not be positioned within 5 feet of the voter registration table. The ballot clerk must publicly announce name and address of person registering. RSA 654:7-c. No person not authorized by law may stand or sit within 6 feet of the ballot clerk for purposes of observing the check-in of voters without the express permission of the moderator. RSA 659:13-a; 666:4,5
March 8th, 5:00 p.m.
Deadline for town clerk to accept any completed absentee ballots delivered by mail. RSA 657:22; 669:29
Last day for any person for whom a vote was cast to apply to town clerk for a recount. Clerk must be available at least between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. RSA 669:30; 652:20
Last day for 10 voters of a town to petition clerk to recount ballots on any questionprinted on official ballot. Clerk must be available at least between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. RSA 40:4-c; 652:20.
*These dates do not apply to towns or school districts which are governed by RSA 40:13 (SB2)
Join NH Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley as he explains how to be elected as a NH Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next Summer. We’ll also have representatives of the 3 remaining Presidential campaigns on hand with information about their candidates and how you can be involved in the 2016 Primary. The December meeting will be held on 12/3 at Runnells Hall in Chocurua Village at 6PM. More information is available at www.facebook.com/events/1084372871582017/
We had a tremendous turnout for the 2015 Grover Cleveland Dinner at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel in Bartlett NH. Well over 275 Democrats from across Carroll County and the country came to hear Hillary Clinton lay out her vision for the future of the United States. We’d like to thank the Clinton campaign and the hotel staff for helping put together an amazing evening for all in attendance as well as Colin Van Ostern, Mike Cryans, Shawn O’Connor, Carol Shea-Porter, NH State Senator Jeff Woodburn and Bill Shaheen for attending and delivering inspiring words for local activists.
We’d also like to congratulate Bonnie and Gary Chehames of Tuftonboro for winning the 2015 Dorothy Solomon Award for providing hard work and leadership in building and maintaining an active Carroll County Democratic organization. Additionally, we presented two Wellstone Awards for individuals who promoted the ideals of justice and progressive policies for the people of Carroll County and the state of New Hampshire. The 2015 Wellstone Awards went to Representatice Susan Ticehurst of Tamworth and Dick Pollock of North Conway.