- Associated Press - Monday, March 13, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The Latest on an impending winter storm’s effect on town election scheduled for Tuesday (all times local):

5 p.m.

New Hampshire’s Democratic leaders plan to introduce emergency legislation later this week to ensure that results from any town elections postponed due to snow are enforceable.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu is urging towns to hold their elections on Tuesday despite the expected snowstorm, saying those that postpone the elections could be open to lawsuits alleging voter suppression.

Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn and House Democratic Leader Steven Shurtleff say the Legislature should step in to eliminate confusion and ensure that towns that postpone their elections can do so. They plan to introduce legislation Wednesday at a meeting of the Senate Rules and Enrolled Bills Committee.


3:15 p.m.

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu says he “strongly recommends” towns still hold elections Tuesday, despite an impending snowstorm.

Sununu tells reporters the state won’t mandate towns to hold elections because there is differing opinion on the laws related to local elections. He and Attorney General Joe Foster had a conference call with town officials Monday to discuss options.

He says towns are postponing elections “at their risk,” suggesting they could be open to lawsuits for voter suppression. His office is recommending towns that choose to move their elections make sure someone is available to provide absentee ballots during the scheduled voting time.

He did not have an exact number of how many towns have moved their elections.


2 p.m.

A big storm on its way to New Hampshire caused some confusion Monday about the scheduling of town elections.

Local elections for most towns were scheduled for Tuesday, the same day the storm is expected.

Some towns rescheduled elections because of the forecast. But Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan on Monday told WMUR-TV that state laws say the elections have to take place, “regardless of the weather.”

Some towns, such as Candia, which moved its elections to Thursday, pointed to another state law that says in the event of a “weather emergency” on or before a voting day or a deliberative session, the town moderator can reschedule up to two hours beforehand.

The attorney general’s office was reviewing the matter with the governor.


This story has been corrected to show the first name is David, not Brian, Scanlan.

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