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Politics

Mixed Feelings from Voters in Bow About Private Info Being Released to Washington

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The polling center in Bow estimated to see just over 1,200 voters for Tuesday's special election.

Voters from New Hampshire’s 16th District were at the polls Tuesday choosing a new state senator in a special election.

It marked one of the first times Granite Staters have cast ballots since President Trump’s Election Commission requested the state turn over its voter information.

That request is currently on hold while the courts figure out whether that information can legally be given. But if it can - Secretary of State Bill Gardner has already said he’s OK with it.

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Voters were greeted with campaign signs as they entered the Bow polling center.

“It’s not in the best interest of America, New Hampshire, it’s not in the best interest of the taxpayers – it’s not in the best interest of the voters," said Independent voter Tim Cofrin.

He’s one of hundreds who came out to Bow Memorial School Tuesday to cast a ballot. He says he’s worried that giving this information to Washington would further gerrymandering.

But Republican voter Gary Nylen, who I caught just moments after he voted, said he doesn’t have a problem with it.

“If the information is already available and free and it is being given away to anybody now or being paid for – what’s the big deal in the first place?” Nylen asked.

For now state voter information remains in New Hampshire, but depending on the court’s decision, that could change before the next state election. 

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