Bill Aims To Legalize Town Meeting Elections Moved For Nor'easter

Mar 16, 2017


  Democrats are introducing legislation aimed at protecting towns from lawsuits that postponed Tuesday's elections due to a winter storm.

The bill says any municipal elections set for Tuesday that were postponed are "legalized, ratified and confirmed." Senate Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn is the bill's sponsor.

Dozens of towns moved their elections due to the snowstorm, despite Republican Gov. Chris Sununu's calls to hold them. He suggested towns could be open to lawsuits if they chose to postpone.

The New Hampshire Municipal Association hopes the legislation would make it harder for people to bring lawsuits.

The legislation will be up for a public hearing next week and needs to pass both chambers.

Secretary of State Bill Gardner says there is no state law dictating what happens should towns move elections.