Maybe it’s different in other States, but here in New Hampshire, that’s not likely to happen. Missing an Election Day in NH is the equivalent of missing a major holiday. Everywhere you turn, the signs remind you, get out and vote!
Today, in honor of NH’s upcoming Election Day I thought I’d share some facts about my really cool State:
- By State law, NH has the first in the nation primary, which is to be held at least seven days before any other State’s primary (NH.gov, Hugh Gregg, 1997).
- The NH House is the largest legislative body in the United States, with 400 members (NH.gov NH House Facts).
- For a whopping $200 per biennium, each legislator considers up to 1,000 bills per year (NH House Facts).
- NH was the first State to declare its independence from the British Crown, six months before the United States (NH House Facts).
- The legislature still meets in its original 1819 chambers, although no one sits in non-existent seat #13 (NH House Facts).
- NH residents include these well-known names: Franklin Pierce, Daniel Webster, Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr., Christa McAuliffe, General John Stark (50 Facts)
- These writers and artists lived and dreamed in NH: Robert Frost, Grace Metalious, J.D. Salinger, Sarah Josepha Hale, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Jodi Picoult, John Irving, Dan Brown (Famous New Hampshireites, NH.gov and World Atlas).
- Baseball players Carlton Fisk and Chris Carpenter, Cy Young Winner 2005, hail from NH (World Atlas).
- Comedians Seth Meyers, Sara Silverman, and Adam Sandler call NH home (World Atlas).
- NH’s motto, Live Free or Die, comes from General John Stark’s in-absentia toast, “Live Free Or Die; Death Is Not The Worst of Evils” (Live Free or Die).
So much for only writing posts about NaNoWriMo (Day 1 – 3,850 words, Rah!).
Thanks once again for listening!