New Hampshire

New Hampshire has ranked in the top four
states for overall freedom for over a decade
(Mercatus Center).

New Hampshire is the only state that allows
defense counsel to inform jurors of their right to
nullify unjust laws.

Marriage between two adults, regardless of
gender, is legal in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire legislators are only paid a salary
of $100 per year.

There are 400 Representatives in the House of
Representatives and on average each
represents 3,300 residents. You can get to know
your representatives, or become one.

On the other hand, New Hampshire treats the Libertarian Party and other minor parties, and independent candidates, badly:

1. New Hampshire is one of only 4 states that won't tally how many registered Libertarians there are.
2. New Hampshire is one of only 3 states in which only the Dems and Reps have been qualified parties during the period Nov. 1996 to the present.
3. New Hampshire currently would require the Libertarian Party to identify its presidential nominee by mid-June, yet does not impose this requirement on the Reps and Dems. If we had not been a qualified party in NH in 1996, the national LP convention could not have been on July 4 weekend as it actually was.
4. New Hampshire is one of only 5 states that doesn't permit petitions for president to use a stand-in on the petition.
5. New Hampshire is the only state that has increased the percentage of votes for a group to be a qualified party in the last 20 years. They raised it from 3% to 4% just to get rid of the LP.
6. The New Hampshire Secretary of State is so hostile to the LP, in 2008 he put both George Phillies and Bob Barr on the November ballot as Libertarian presidential candidates, each with the party label "Libertarian." And he put George Phillies above Bob Barr. The state party sued to eliminate the "Libertarian" label next to George Phillies' name, but lost. So we have no name protection in NH.

There seems to be one excellent Libertarian activist who is working on these problems, Darryl Perry. There is a bill pending that would lower the vote test back to 3%. If it passes, it is thanks to Darryl Perry. The vast bulk of libertarian-minded people in NH don't seem to care about any of these issues.

Richard Winger
PO Box 470296, San Francisco Ca 94147


However, the biggest threat to the LP of NH is that real libertarians
actually get elected to the state house under D and R labels and pass
laws that significantly increase liberty in New Hampshire.

It’s frustrating because the liberty activists still don’t control the
upper echelons of those parties, so we get people like US Sen. Kelly
Ayotte, not to mention the atrocious D and R presidential candidates,
and so it is vital that the LP continue to provide alternatives for the
upper races. But it is hard to argue with the very real and dramatic
success that the liberty activists have had under other banners, unlike
in most other states.

I have a hope that those activists will hit some kind of organizational
ceiling, and realize they can’t take over the national parties; at that
point, a mass defection to the LP (or even a reinstatement of fusion
candidacies) could be enough to overcome the third-party barriers. (I’m
talking about psychological barriers for voters, not the organizational
ones Richard listed.)


Thanks, Richard, for your detailed expert information.

Your only point I take issue with involves your claim that lack of activism around this indicates “people in NH don’t seem to care about any of these issues.”

Since our time is limited and Govt depredations are almost unlimited, it’s prudent to neglect many problems we care deeply about, to address a few we care even more deeply about. Consequently, neglect does not necessarily signal lack of concern or disinterest. Make sense?

Warm regards, Michael