Public access to ballots killed
It killed House Bill 1357 on a roll call of 300-37, backing the position of the Secretary of State’s Office.
Deborah Sumner, a former election clerk in Jaffrey has long argued that the public has a right to view and verify election results upon request and without a court order. She has challenged the existing law in court.
Rep. Gary Richardson, D-Hopkinton, said Wednesday that New Hampshire ballots have never been open to public view except during recounts or under certain circumstances with a court order.
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