Tick tock: Lawmakers have weeks to fix a flaw that’s kept polls open through two major storms
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As the new year began, we noted an ongoing failure of lawmakers to fix an easily fixable problem that harms our local democracies and endangers voters and elections workers alike. Perplexingly, though the new Legislature is talking about a remedy, there appears to be no sense of urgency, just weeks from the date upon which the issue revolves.
For two straight years, heavy snowstorms have blasted New Hampshire on the second Tuesday of March — Town Meeting Day. That’s the day on which many communities hold their annual legislative session, doing the work of electing local officials, debating and voting on budgets, expenses and local zoning. All towns and school districts using the official-ballot system also send voters to the polls that day.