Brodie Deshaies

Researching Your Legislators' Votes

Here are instructions on how to access the NH Legislature's website and how to navigate every legislator's voting record.
There are two important notes to remember before you review your legislator's voting record:
  1. Please, try to have a clear idea of the bill's wording. If you are not sure, you should first explore the bills themselves using the directions on the RESEARCHING BILLS page of this website.
  2. Be sure you know the meaning of each vote:
    • OTP is a vote to pass the bill as written (Yay is to pass – Nay is to kill).
    • OTP-A is a vote to pass the bill with an amendment (that may change the meaning of the bill, so it is important to check what the proposed amendment did to the bill). If the amendment passes, a Yay vote is to pass the bill as amended and Nay is to kill the entire bill.
    • ITL is a vote for “Inexpedient to Legislate.” The bill dies is this vote carries. Yay is to kill it and Nay is to keep it alive.
    • Interim Study means it is sent back to the committee for more study. Yay is to send it back, and if IS (Interm Study) fails, it can be voted up, down, or tabled, depending on motions that were currently on the floor.
    • Tabled means it is “placed on the table” and requires a 2/3’s vote to bring it back. It usually means the bill is killed.
Here are the directions to research your legislator's voting record:
 
  1. Go to the NH General Court Roll Calls dashboard: http://gencourt.state.nh.us/nhgcrollcalls
  2. If you would prefer, you can also go to the main dashboard for the NH General Court: gencourt.state.nh.us
  3. If you would like to access the NH General Court Roll Calls dashboard from the NH General Court's main dashboard, go to the left side of the General Court's main dashboard, and look under the "If you're looking for..." section.
  4. Go 3/4s of the way down the "If you're looking for..." section and click on "Voting Records."
  5. When you arrive at the NH General Court Roll Calls dashboard, you can choose either the House or Senate and pick the year.
  6. When you get to House or Senate, you can either pick a specific bill that you are looking for, or you can go down the list of State Representatives and Senators and pick a specific name.
  7. After you pick a specific name, you will get the full list of their voting record.
  8. When you pick a specific bill, it gives you the choice on the right to specify the State Representatives or State Senators votes. You can scroll through these if you want to see.
 
After you have used the site a few times, you will find it is fairly easy to navigate. If you have any questions, please, use the Contact Brodie page on this website and I will be happy to help.