NH Senate passes bill clarifying election postponements

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) With snow falling and Town Meeting day approaching, the state Senate passed a bill clarifying who has the authority to postpone municipal elections in the event of bad weather.

Last March, nearly 80 towns rescheduled their elections when a powerful storm dumped more than a foot of snow on much of the state. Although towns are required under state law to hold annual elections on the second Tuesday in March, many relied on another law allowing town moderators to move the "voting day of a meeting" in the event of a weather emergency.

The bill passed by the Senate on Thursday would allow the secretary of state to postpone town elections in cases of emergencies, but the town moderator could make the decision if the state takes longer than four hours to respond.

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