Local_Elections_MatterWe’re campaigning to get out the vote on Nov. 3.

The leadership of our city council, school board and police commission can boost our community wealth and well-being. Yet voter turnout for city elections is typically only 20-25%, which is less than half the turnout for statewide elections.

Produced with the help of our independent media members, the Vote LOCAL campaign aims to see more—and more informed—voters at the polls on Nov. 3, 2015.

Please share this link, share this graphic, use the hashtag #VoteLocal, tell all your friends. Know of any events we should include? Tell us on Facebook or send us an email, and we’ll keep this page updated as thoroughly as possible.


Dover

The 2015 City of Dover Voter Guide is updated with election information as it’s available, including: registration, polling places and absentee ballots, candidates, sample ballots, charter questions, and more.

Dover Candidate Forums

Dover Mayor and City Council: Co-hosted by the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce and Dover Listens at McConnell Center on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 6-8 p.m.

Dover School Board: Co-hosted by the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce and Dover Listens at McConnell Center on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 6-8 p.m.

Dover Interviews

Dover Mayor and City Council, hosted by The Sound


Rochester

The City of Rochester Election Guide has information on registration, polling places and absentee ballots and sample ballots. Voters will elect mayor, city council, school board, police commission and election officials (moderators, ward clerks, supervisors of the checklist and a selectman from each ward will also be elected—to learn more about election official positions, watch this 5-minute video).

Rochester Candidate Forums

Rochester Mayor & City Council hosted by Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce at City Hall on Monday, Oct. 26, 6:30-9 p.m. The forum will be rebroadcast prior to Election Day on Rochester Community Channel 12.

Rochester Interviews

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce Questionnaire: City Council candidatesMayor candidates

The Sound: City Council and Mayoral candidates


Somersworth

Somersworth City Clerk: Voter registration and absentee ballots

Somersworth City Wards: Where to vote

Somersworth Sample Ballots

Somersworth Candidate Forums

City Council & School Board, hosted by Greater Somersworth Chamber of Commerce at City Hall on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Submit your question in advance here (deadline Oct. 22).

Somersworth Interviews

Mayor & City Council, hosted by The Sound


Portsmouth

City of Portsmouth Voting Information includes candidates, sample ballots, wards, polling hours and locations, information on voter registration and absentee ballots.

Portsmouth Candidate Forums

City Council Part I hosted by the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce at 3S Artspace on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 a.m.

School Board hosted by the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce at 3S Artspace on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

City Council Part II, hosted by the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce at 3S Artspace on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 a.m.

Police and Fire Commission, hosted by the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce at Seacoast Media Group on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m.

City Council (no link available), hosted by Citizens for Voter Education under the auspices of Portsmouth Public Library at City Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. The forum will be rebroadcast on Portsmouth Community Channel 22.

School Board, Police and Fire Commission roundtable dialogues with candidates, co-hosted by Portsmouth Listens and the Citywide Neighborhood Committee at Portsmouth High School Library on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m.

City Council, co-hosted by Seacoast Rep and Keep Portsmouth Loud at Seacoast Rep on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m.

School Board, Police Commission and Fire Commission (no link available), hosted by Citizens for Voter Education under the auspices of Portsmouth Public Library at City Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. The forum will be televised live, and rebroadcast prior to Election Day, on Portsmouth Community Channel 22.

City Council roundtable dialogues with candidates, co-hosted by Portsmouth Listens and the Citywide Neighborhood Committee at Portsmouth High School Library on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Portsmouth Interviews

All Candidates, co-hosted by Portsmouth Public Media and Association of Portsmouth Taxpayers

City Council, hosted by The Sound

Many candidates are being interviewed on Seacoast Currents, WSCA 106.1FM on Thursday mornings at 8 a.m. Listen online at www.wscafm.org.