2019 will be the year!
With the recent electoral changes, we are anticipating a strong likelihood of success in repealing the death penalty in New Hampshire this coming year.
The magic number for us is 283. We need 267 votes in the House we need to achieve a veto-proof majority, and add 16 for a supermajority in the Senate. Our early assessment is that we can get repeal done in 2019.
As optimistic as our outlook is right now, we will only succeed by running a strong campaign once again. We need to educate the nearly 170 new House Reps, many if not most of whom may not be fully informed on the capital punishment system in NH. We also need to work energetically with past supporters to strengthen their resolve against an anticipated full-court press by Gov. Sununu. And we need to continue to educate our fellow citizens so their duly elected representatives receive the message loud and clear that New Hampshire can live without the death penalty.
Here are some ways you can help:
The financial support of our members in past several years has helped us get to this point. This year, we’re asking all of our members to give as generously as you can so that we can mount a bold and effective campaign and get repeal passed into law in New Hampshire once and for all.
An anonymous donor has agreed to match all donations to our lobbying efforts with a 3-to-1 match, effectively quadrupling the value of your donation (e.g., give $100, we get $400 total). These donations for the NH Death Penalty Repeal Campaign (NHDPRC) help us do our critical work in the legislature and are not tax-deductible. That’s where we really need the money most*, but please be assured we are grateful for any and all donations to either NHDPRC or NHCADP.
To make a non-tax deductible donation to our lobbying efforts, please visit this page.
To make a fully tax-deductible donation to our educational efforts, please visit this page.
2. Start writing to newspapers
It’s not too early to let your fellow New Hampshire citizens know where you stand on the death penalty, and why. A steady drumbeat of voices is more effective in the long run than a smattering of letters only around the time of voting in the legislature. Feel free to use our form on this page.
3. Start writing to your legislators
If you know who your newly-elected legislators are, you can start writing to them right away. This will let them know that their constituency values this issue, and it will help to educate them, especially the nearly 170 new Reps.
Please note that the database with the new legislator information has not yet been published, but when it is, we will let you know so you can use our write-your-legislator tool and/or find your legislator information on the NH government website. In the meantime, feel free to look up your new legislators on this website: https://votesmart.org.
4. Hold a House Party!
Feeling bullish on repeal and want to do something special about it to help us get over the finish line? Why then, you might consider holding a house party! This can be something as simple as inviting your friends and neighbors to a showing of our law enforcement documentary (only 25 minutes long) followed by a discussion. If you’d like our help in organizing it and/or would like to have someone from the Coalition attend to answer questions, feel free to contact us. This is a great way to educate folks on the death penalty. We’ve already heard that the documentary has helped open a lot of eyes to the intricacies and shortcomings of the death penalty system.
Optional: turn your house party into a fundraiser for the Coalition – contact us to find out more details.
The event featured a showing of our documentary, NH Law Enforcement Veterans Confront the Death Penalty, followed by a panel discussion with former police chief Ray Dodge and former Assistant Attorney General and current Coalition chair, Barbara Keshan, both of whom are featured in the film.
Our thanks to Phil Runyon, attorney and former justice of the 8th Circuit Court, for organizing this event and taking part in the panel discussion.
More campaign news coming soon!