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New Hampshire Delegation Defends Voting Rights Legislation

Bill Gardner, New Hampshire
Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Members of New Hampshire's congressional delegation are defending their support of sweeping legislation to overhaul U.S. elections against criticism from Secretary of State Bill Gardner.

Gardner issued a statement Thursday comparing the federal legislation to a visit House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's made to his office in 1983 in an effort to dislodge New Hampshire from its first-in-the-nation primary spot.

He says Pelosi is once again attacking the state by rendering parts of the New Hampshire constitution null and void.

The state's all-Democratic delegation pushed back.

They say legislation will deliver needed campaign finance and ethics reform while expanding voting rights.

- Holly Ramer, Associated Press

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