NH Institute of Politics

Every four years, New Hampshire serves as a magnet to politicians and the media as the nation’s first presidential primary unfolds. The New Hampshire Institute of Politics and Saint Anselm College are center stage, hosting presidential hopefuls and providing a backdrop for American democracy in action.  Hundreds of Oval Office aspirants have delivered speeches, met with students, and participated in debates on campus.  Learn all about NHIOP and the role St. Anselm plays in the election process.

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The Public Mapping Project: How Public Participation Can Revolutionize Redistricting
September 19th 6:30pm

Elections to all levels of U.S. government are held within districts. The drawing of a district's boundaries can be detrimental to its quality of representation, benefitting political parties and incumbents instead. The practice of manipulating district lines for political gain is so ingrained in American politics, a special word has been devised for it: gerrymandering.

The 2018 midterm elections will determine who controls the redistricting process in many states, thereby shaping representation for the next decade. In the last round of redistricting, Michael McDonald and his colleagues provided tools and opportunities for the public to become more engaged in the process. As a result, the public created thousands more redistricting plans for states to consider than in previous decades. McDonald will reflect on the current political and legal situation and the role the public may play in the impending round of redistricting.

Michael McDonald is an associate professor of political science at the University of Florida. He and his colleagues led the Public Mapping Project, which provided web-accessible redistricting software and data for public use. Their experiences are expounded in the forthcoming book, The Public Mapping Project: How Public Participation Can Revolutionize Redistricting. He has been a redistricting consultant in fourteen states, most recently being an expert witness in the successful challenge to Virginia’s congressional districts as an unconstitutional racial gerrymander and is an expert for the Republican plaintiffs challenging Maryland’s Sixth Congressional District. He also releases voting statistics through the United States Elections Project.

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Civility, Cooperation & Compromise: Why Our Constitutional Republic Requires Them
September 21st 6:30pm

It takes a great deal of civility, cooperation, and compromise for our constitutional republic to operate effectively and responsibly. Susan M. Collins, Maine’s senior United States Senator, will draw from her more than 21 years of collaborative legislative experience to provide insight on these values in the next William W. Treat Lecture presented by Constitutionally Speaking.

Senator Collins was first elected to the Senate in 1996. She ranks 14th in Senate seniority and is the most senior Republican woman. Senator Collins chairs the Senate Aging Committee and the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee. She also serves on the Intelligence Committee and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. For the last five consecutive years, Senator Collins has ranked as the most bipartisan member of the U.S. Senate, and she recently received the inaugural Jacob Javits Prize for Bipartisan Leadership. Known for her Maine work ethic, Senator Collins has never missed a roll call vote, casting more than 6,700.

Virginia Prescott will join the discussion with Senator Collins. Prescott is host of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s On Second Thought. She was founding host of NHPR’s Word of Mouth and Civics 101 podcasts. Prescott was editor, producer, and director for NPR daily news programs, and has helped build civic dialogue through independent media in post-conflict zones from the Balkans to Sierra Leone. She is the recipient of a “Gracie,” a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University, and a Peabody Award.

This event is free and open to the public.

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