Voters Want Right to Vote on Marriage in Overwhelming Numbers

For Immediate Release
March 17, 2010
Contact: Kevin Smith
Phone: (603) 571-4710

CONCORD, NH – Today, more numbers continue to be reported from towns around the state who took up the question at their town meetings or on the ballot of whether or not their citizens should have the right to vote on the definition of marriage, and the results are clear: New Hampshire votes want the right to vote on the marriage issue.

Behind the numbers

Number of towns that took up the ‘marriage’ question as presented: 133 (60% of all NH towns).
Number of towns that passed the question: 59.
Number of towns that defeated the question: 33.
Number of towns that tabled the question: 32.

State-wide average of total votes cast: 61.3% – 38.1% in favor of passing the question.

Every SB2 town passed the question by an average of 63% – 37%.

Though 32 towns tabled the question (thereby not considering it), this was not indicative of voter sentiment one way or the other. A perfect example of this was in Salem where the tabling motion was defeated by just 2 votes, but the question ended up passing by a 64% – 36% margin.

Eight towns are still yet to take up the question.

For full data of the towns that have taken up the question, please visit


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