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NH towns could delay spring meetings over virus concerns

A bipartisan Senate bill would allow New Hampshire towns and school districts to postpone their...
A bipartisan Senate bill would allow New Hampshire towns and school districts to postpone their March elections if they are concerned about the coronavirus.(WCAX)
Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 6:15 PM EST
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A bipartisan Senate bill would allow New Hampshire towns and school districts to postpone their March elections to the second Tuesday of April, May, June or July if they are concerned about the coronavirus.

Towns also would be allowed to postpone the business or deliberative session of the annual Town Meeting when budgets are adopted to later dates.

In the event of postponement, elected officials whose terms would have expired would continue.

The arrival of the pandemic last spring created confusion and raised questions about the legality of postponing such meetings.

Some towns conducted parts of their meeting online and offered drive-up voting instead of the traditional in-person gatherings.

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