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To Work Democracy Requires Voter Confidence

Jan 22, 2021 | Voting Rights

For many years now I have been working to get the NH Legislature to allow election moderators the option to verify that the Accu-vote ballot counting computers are working as intended.


Support is building in the legislature for this idea and, with the events last November, I believe there is a greater chance for bi-partisan support.  Sen Tom Sherman has introduced SB79 in the NH Senate.  The bill addresses the authority of the moderator to verify the device count.  


The NH Constitution requires votes be counted in public.  I do not believe that watching a machine spit out a tape with the votes tabulated on it passes for a public count.  

With the rampant allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 elections, I believe we can expect more and more results to be challenged in future elections. Allowing the moderator the option to publicly verify the accuracy of the machine count on election night will alleviate many of these fears.


SB79 will be heard by the Senate Election Law Committee, Monday, Jan 25 at 9 a.m.. Between now and 8 a.m. on Jan 25, you can register your support for the bill by following the Take Action link below.  You can submit testimony, but it is not necessary.  You can simply indicate support for SB79.


Show your support.  Click Take Action and follow the prompts. To work, Democracy requires voter confidence that his/her vote has been accurately counted. SB79 is an important step toward bolstering that confidence.