Welcome to the
New Hampshire Open Debate

Search and vote for questions on issues that are important to you! NH1 will host two Open Debates: one for gubernatorial candidates Chris Sununu and Colin Van Ostern on 10/26, and one for Senate candidates Maggie Hassan and Kelly Ayotte on 10/27. 50% of questions will come from the Top 30 vote-getters on this site! NOTE: Questions must not name or allude to candidates and must be able to be posed to both candidates.
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Why should debates feature questions submitted and voted on by the public?

Election debates should be accountable to one constituency: voters.

The Open Debates for the New Hampshire U.S. Senate and Governor’s seats, hosted by NH1, are the first debates in NH history to empower regular voters to join the dialogue as equals, via a partnership with the Open Debate Coalition.

On OpenDebateQuestions.com, questions are submitted by the people who most need to be informed about the candidates' positions — the voters! For the very first time they can also vote and influence which questions get asked. For the live, televised debates between Maggie Hassan and Kelly Ayotte, and between Chris Sununu and Colin Van Ostern, half of the questions that will be asked live at each debate will be chosen from among the Top 30 voted on by the public.

By making the submission and voting process transparent and bottom-up, the platform ensures that the top questions reflect the interests and priorities of voters like you.

By making the submission and voting process transparent and bottom-up, the Open Debate ensures that the topics covered reflect the interests and priorities of voters like you.

Tune in: The gubernatorial debate between Colin Van Ostern and Chris Sununu is on Wednesday, October 26 at 8pm ET, and the Senate debate between Kelly Ayotte and Maggie Hassan is on Thursday, October 27 at 8pm ET. Watch them live on NH1 or www.OpenDebateQuestions.com.

History

Debate moderators cited the 'bipartisan Open Debate Coalition’s online forum where Americans submitted questions that generated millions of votes' in the Oct. 9, 2016 presidential debate. Over 66 million people were watching.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, a coalition of progressives, conservatives, and Silicon Valley leaders launched the Open Debate Coalition to make debates more representative of the will of the people.

The original coalition included Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia), Craig Newmark (craigslist), Adam Green (Progressive Change), Grover Norquist (Americans for Tax Reform), Cindy Cohn (Electronic Frontier Foundation), Arianna Huffington, Aaron Swartz (Reddit), the National Organization for Women, the Sierra Club, RedState, DailyKos, Instapundit, MoveOn, ColorOfChange, former digital directors for the Republican National Committee, Senate Republicans, and George W. Bush, and many others.

The coalition saw amazing success. CNN, ABC, NBC, and CBS agreed to changes in their debate policy, and the McCain and Obama campaigns both endorsed the bottom-up Open Debate principles. In August 2013, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee sponsored the first-ever Open Debate in a Massachusetts special election for Congress. Over 1,600 questions were submitted, over 79,000 votes were cast, and all 5 candidates participated and loved it. In April 2016, Americans for Tax Reform and Progressive Change Institute partnered on a televised, bi-partisan debate for U.S. Senate in Florida in which the public cast over 400,000 votes to select the top questions. The event was broadcast five times on C-SPAN, and videos of the event have been seen close to a half-million times online since the event took place.

The coalition has expanded its membership in advance of the 2016 elections, adding tech luminaries like Tim O’Reilly (O’Reilly media) and Chris Kelly (former Chief Privacy Officer at Facebook), as well as numerous issue-based groups like Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Faith & Freedom Coalition, CWA, FreedomWorks, and the US Student Association. And artist Shepard Fairey – who designed the iconic Obama “Hope” poster – joined the coalition and designed our logo.

PresidentialOpenQuestions.com is a project of the Open Debate Coalition, which is sponsored by a nonprofit corporation exempt for tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Coalition, and this platform, are completely nonpartisan and do not support or oppose candidates for public office.