City elections

Dan Tuohy | NHPR

Town elections are taking place across New Hampshire, and local officials and voters are working to ward off COVID-19.

In Bow, where there is a contested selectboard race, morning turnout was brisk. Bottles of sanitizer stood at the ready; signs reminded people to minimize handshaking.

But for most voters this day appeared to be pretty much business as usual.

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Voters in New Hampshire cities delivered a mixed message Tuesday on whether to allow sports gambling parlors in their communities.

A ballot measure that would permit sports betting passed in Manchester, Berlin, Claremont, Laconia and Somersworth. 

[You can read more about sports gambling here]

But voters in Nashua, Concord, Dover and Rochester voted down allowing gambling halls in their municipalities.

We talk with the mayors of Franklin, Keene, and Rochester about their jobs, and the issues facing their communities, including education, housing, the opioid crisis, and infrastructure. We also discuss projects they hope will enhance their local and regional economies.

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Two Berlin businesses are cancelling an Election Day-related raffle after learning the drawing violates state law.

Scene Street, a consignment shop, and Tech Pro, a computer repair store, each planned to give anyone who entered wearing an “I Voted” sticker on Election Day a raffle ticket for various prizes.

The State Attorney General, however, ordered the businesses to cancel the promotions, citing a 1973 law that prohibits using items of value to encourage a vote.

Paige Sutherland/NHPR

Mayoral candidates in the state’s largest city are starting to gear up with the city's election now just a month away.