New Hampshire primary voters inundated with calls, texts, and mailers
New Hampshire voters call 2024 primary races the most obnoxious in history due to non-stop calls, texts, and mail from candidates.
The 2024 New Hampshire primary races have been unlike any other for Granite State voters. According to interviews conducted by the Herald, this election cycle has seen an unprecedented amount of campaign mailers, unidentified-number phone calls, and robo-text messaging in support of candidates. Voters expressed frustration at the incessant barrage of calls and texts, with some reporting dozens of calls per day and an overwhelming number of unwanted notifications on their phones.
The situation has been ongoing since November of 2022, when former President Donald Trump announced his bid for a second term. Independent voters like Patricia Turner and her husband have been inundated by calls from Republican candidates, including Nikki Haley, Ron DeSantis, and Vivek. The constant stream of calls, even when no one is on the other end of the line, has left many feeling as though they are being held hostage by their phones.
The problem has somewhat improved as the Republican field has narrowed, but the issue extends beyond phone calls to an onslaught of campaign mail. Voters reported receiving numerous flyers from former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, with some receiving as many as four or five in a single day. Despite the annoyance, residents like Nancy Kierstead recognize that it comes with the territory of living in the Live Free or Die State, home to the nation's first primary.
However, it's not just the volume of calls and mail that has made this election unique. Some voters are also expressing concern about the state of democracy. Kathy McCloud, for example, is holding signs encouraging people to write in President Joe Biden's name during the primary, expressing a belief that democracy is on the line due to the actions of former President Trump and certain media outlets.
In summary, the 2024 New Hampshire primary races have been marked by an overwhelming amount of campaign activity, including calls, texts, and mailers. The frustration and concern expressed by voters reflect the unique and unprecedented nature of this election cycle.