New Hampshire election checklists being compiled for President Donald Trump’s electoral commission won’t be on their way to Washington anytime soon because they have to be cleaned of some voters’ personal information, including the identity of some potential victims of abuse. Review of the lists of voters compiled by more than 200 different town and city supervisors of the checklist and clerks found 51 polling place checklists from 42 communities “contained handwritten information that was either clearly confidential information or information which is not required for the election day checklist,” according to a memo released Tuesday from Secretary of State William Gardner and Attorney General Gordon MacDonald. “This information includes, among other things, dates of birth, driver’s license numbers, and telephone numbers.”
That finding came from a search that took place after it was discovered that a half-dozen names of voters were written on a public checklist even though the voter was under a court-issued protection order, often because of domestic or sexual abuse. Under state law, such a person can request to vote non-publicly, to shield their location from a prospective abuser.
Finding and removing these names, as well as other handwritten notes such as phone numbers and birth dates, has halted the process of sending the list to the federal commission. The checklists have also been temporarily removed from public access via a computer terminal in the State Archives building in Concord.
After the checklists are cleared, they will be sent to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity as well as other groups that have requested the information under the right-to-know law.