Primary Training Materials

NH Primary Information Booths

DoubleTree, Downtown Manchester Hotel lobby

February 6-11th, 2020 (sign-ups open Thurs Jan 30, 7am)
Shifts will run: Thurs/Fri 9am-6pm; Sat-Tues, 6am-9pm (2 GSAs per shift)
Parking will be validated for free parking in the garage (if there is room).

Downtown Manchester Welcome Center (on Veterans Park)

Daily shifts are available now for sign up 9am-6pm. Go to your Profile Tab and check off “Manchester Downtown Welcome Center” and SAVE it to view these shifts on the calendar. Park in metered spaces and walk to welcome center to pick up a parking hang tag to display in your car during your shift.

Manchester Transit Authority occupies the welcome center full time so GSAs are not alone.

Additional Booths: Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, Manchester Millyard Museum and the NH State House will also see increased traffic from the Primary!

NH Primary Training

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Agenda – January 17 2020

Welcome and Introduction – Gretchen Ziegler, Board Chair, Granite State Ambassadors

Welcome to Manchester – Lauren Getts, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

The Importance of the NH Primary – Bill Gardner, NH Secretary of State

How to Work with the Media – Panel Discussion, moderated by Laura Simoes, Executive Director, Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications. Panelists: Ray Brewer, WMUR & Joe McQuaid, Union Leader

Voter Information and Guides – Anna Brown, Director of Research and Analysis, Citizens Count

Manchester, the Primary, and the Presidency – John Clayton, Executive Director, Manchester Historic Association

NHGSA’s Primary Information Booth Orientation
New Hampshire Primary GSA volunteer rules of the road – MUST READ
New Hampshire Primary – Questions you may be asked – MUST READ


Citizens Count provides the people of New Hampshire with the tools and information they need to make a difference because we believe that democracy works best when we all have a seat at the table. Learn more…

NH Legislation Tracker
We track every single bill that goes through the NH Legislature. Read up on 2020 bills related to abortion, gun control, and everything in between. Get informed…

2020 Presidential Candidates
Who will get your vote? Learn where each candidate stands on key issues, explore who’s funding their campaigns, and dig into their background and experience. Explore our profiles…

Understand the issues and give us your opinions, read NH’s daily news recap and latest discussions at

Manchester Millyard Museum

Special Exhibit: Manchester and the Path to the Presidency

In the Henry M. Fuller State Theatre Gallery in the Millyard Museum

Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. – Included with museum admission.


Every four years, Manchester is visited by numerous presidential candidates, campaigning in the New Hampshire Primary.  This year, the Millyard Museum is showcasing a chronological history of this process through images of candidates through the years as they engaged with Manchester voters in their homes, on the streets and in the many iconic watering holes that are the lifeblood of so many campaigns.

Whether you are a Democrat, Republican or Independent, you’re certain to see some of your favorite candidates – Kennedy, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, Bush, Obama – as they meet with your friends and neighbors in their quest to win election to our nation’s highest office. We believe Manchester is the crucible of the Presidential Primary process in New Hampshire, and with this exhibit, we demonstrate our pivotal role in American political history.

On Exhibit through February 29, 2020

The Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications, Inc., promotes and defends the First Amendment and fosters interest, integrity and excellence in journalism and other forms of communication by educating students of various ages and providing them with the tools and knowledge to improve their skill.

Learn hands-on communication skills from experts in the field. FREE classes!

NH Secretary of State

100th Anniversary of the NH Primary  – NHPR

Meet NH Primary Superfans – NH Magazine

1968 New Hampshire Presidential Primary

New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner hosted a look back at the state’s 1968 presidential primary. The panel included then-supporters of Democratic Senator Eugene McCarthy, President Lyndon Johnson, and Republican Richard Nixon. Senator McCarthy opposed the Vietnam War, and his strong challenge to President Johnson in the nation’s first primary–along with Robert Kennedy’s entry soon thereafter–is thought to have played a role in the president’s decision to pull out of the race less than three weeks later. On the Republican side, Mr. Nixon’s victory launched him on a path to victory in November.

Manchester Celebrates 100th Anniversary of First in the Nation Primary

New website outlines FITN events, tours and exhibitions
On January 15, 2020, Manchester announced its plan to commemorate the 100th anniversary of New Hampshire’s First in the Nation (FITN) Primary. For the next month, exhibits, tours and events will encourage Queen City residents and visitors to engage in the political process and celebrate Manchester’s pivotal role in American political history.