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Storm's silver lining: No Massachusetts buses

March 18. 2017 7:51PM

This Durham voter waited in line to turn in his ballot during the storm Tuesday, March 14, 2017. (Courtesy)

One good thing about last week's blizzard: it kept down the number of Massachusetts buses bringing illegal voters up here to interfere with our town and school district elections. In fact, we didn't hear of a single one. But that may just prove how sneaky they are.

We defer to Secretary of State Bill Gardner (see next editorial) when it comes to interpreting New Hampshire election law. We can't imagine what real voter hanky-panky might occur if the uniform voting-day standards, which have worked pretty well for the last couple of centuries, were loosened. Talk about unintended consequences!

Contrary to popular belief, New Hampshire is not a home-rule state. Towns and cities are delegated certain powers by the state. Otherwise, the state has the final say. As for any confusion caused last week, the only legislative change we might suggest is to make it clear that the secretary of state has the final say as to whether circumstances require a deviation from normal voting dates.

As it was, many towns managed to conduct voting despite the storm. People were cautioned to vote early, before the storm intensified. And they did, showing yet again that a lot of New Hampshire people consider it not only their right but their duty to exercise the voting franchise.

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