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First election under SB 3 goes smoothly

Union Leader Correspondent

September 13. 2017 12:13AM
The city of Laconia held the state's first election after adoption of Senate Bill 3, which adds additional steps to the same-day voter registration process in hopes of ferreting out fraud. (Bea Lewis/Correspondent)

In the first election to be held under the new mandates of Senate Bill 3, Laconia and Belmont voters went to the polls Tuesday.

The Attorney General’s Office had a representative at the polls in both communities to answer questions and assist election officials.

In Laconia, as of early afternoon about a dozen people had registered at the polls to vote, and only one was unable to produce proof of residency.

Todd Flanagan, an investigator with the Attorney General’s Office who was stationed at the Ward 6 polls at the Leavitt Park Clubhouse, said one man filled out an affidavit for same-day registration as he was unable to provide the needed documentation to prove domicile in the city.

According to Flanagan, the man had recently moved to Laconia from another New Hampshire community and had just registered one of his cars in the city. He tried to provide his vehicle registration as proof of residency, but when he went out to his vehicle, he realized he was driving his other car, which he had not yet re-registered.

“He was fine with it,” Flanagan said of the man’s reaction to being told that he has 10 days to provide proof to the city clerk that he is a resident of Laconia.

Belmont Town Clerk/Tax Collector Cynthia DeRoy said she was grateful for the assistance offered by the Attorney General’s Office and for the training session by Laconia City Clerk Mary Reynolds, as well as additional training at the recent City and Town Clerk Association’s annual convention.

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