NH celebrates presidential primary’s 100th anniversary
Two years later, Rep. John Glessner of Bethlehem introduced a bill to change the date of the primary from the third Tuesday in May to the second Tuesday in March to align with town meeting day to save money.
Bass’s grandson and former U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass said at the time the legislature was controlled by the B&M Railroad, which provided train passes for lawmakers to travel to Concord, but if a representative did something the company did not like, it would revoke the pass.
Others said the primary has made New Hampshire the most democratic state because it allows the citizens to decide for themselves.
Others said the primary allows real people to talk to candidates in living rooms, restaurants and town hall meetings and to listen and learn before making decisions.
“A millworker in Berlin or a fisherman in Portsmouth is often the last real person a president sees,” Rath said. And he said the primary encourages civic engagement as volunteers move on to run for office or stay involved in the process.
“To hear and witness that level of citizen activism reminds us we care deeply about each other, and our state and out nation,” Hassan said. “We are as engaged and well informed on the issues as (the people in) any state in the country.”
The artifacts included a copy of the 1916 presidential primary ballot for the town of Richmond and Bullock’s desk, donated to the state by his great-granddaughter Sybil Duprey.
She talked about her experiences in the legislature and in numerous presidential primaries and reminded everyone “One person doesn’t do anything alone.”
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