Bill Tucker flagged this over on MiscellanyBlue. The Free Staters are agressively trying to hit their 20,000 “mover” mark in 2014, which would trigger them all to lemming into New Hampshire. They have almost 14,000 people pledged to move here now. I'm sure there are probably some in the 20,000 who won't move when the the time comes, but even so – imagine if just half, 10,000, move here in the next few years, some with families.
For a somewhat skewed, 10-year-old view of their democraphics, take a look that this study of the folks who voted on which state to drop in on, in 2006.
How many State Reps would that mean? I expect most of these folks will vote, and they'll tend to cluster for mutual support in certain communities – usually ones like Manchester with good social services (?!!). In 2018, will we elect another house like the one we just got rid of? We have a FreeStater representing our ward, a self-described anarchist. Folks didn't know what they were voting for.
I'm sure it all seems very visionary to them, but I've never thought of invasion as being a very democratic strategy. I wish there was some way to repel these people. Maybe some Abenakis have some ideas – they've been through this once already.
I think that by and large, the Democratic leadership in New Hampshire is unconcerned, falsely guided by their long experience – which includes no event like this in our history. The closest thing to it was the slow migration of tax avoiders from Massachusetts – but that's hardly comparable.