RELEASE: Democratic Leaders to Submit Emergency Legislation to Reduce Confusion on Postponed Town Elections

CONCORD – Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn (D-Whitefield) and House Democratic Leader Steven Shurtleff (D-Penacook) issued the following statement in response to the confusion surrounding towns’ ability to postpone town elections due to the impending snowstorm:

“Given Governor Sununu’s statement this afternoon advising towns to continue holding their town elections on Tuesdayor be prepared for legal challenges, the legislature must act to eliminate confusion and ensure that any town that needs to postpone their town elections tomorrow due to the impending snowstorm can do so.”

This afternoon, Governor Sununu urged towns to hold voting as scheduled tomorrow, despite numerous towns already postponing elections due to the impending snowstorm and concerns over public safety.

“As elected officials, we have a solemn duty to ensure the safety of our citizens and no election should require voters to risk their safety in order to participate. Our election workers and town moderators are well-trained and take the task of facilitating transparent and fair elections seriously. We should trust them to make the best decision for their communities and for the safety of their people.”

“That’s why we will attempt to introduce emergency legislation at this week’s Senate Rules Committee meeting to ensure that results from any elections postponed due to public safety concerns are enforceable and so that our local officials can make the right decision for their communities without fear of a legal challenge.”

The Senate Rules and Enrolled Bills Committee is meeting Wednesday at 3 PM to allow for the introduction of a late bill, at which Sen. Woodburn will propose this emergency legislation.