Amid COVID-19 Concerns, Gardner Appoints ‘Select Committee on 2020 Emergency Election Support’
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New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner has assembled a six-person “select committee” to advise his office on how to spend the $3.2 million in emergency election funding the state has received as part of a recent federal COVID-19 relief package.
The chairman of that new panel says he does not anticipate recommending any changes to the state’s election laws, and will focus instead on finding ways to exercise greater flexibility within existing voting rules. At the same time, some local election officials say more substantial changes might be needed to accommodate significant shifts in absentee ballot usage, among other anticipated electoral effects of the pandemic.