Two more legal challenges have been filed to the House redistricting plan that redraws the political boundaries for its 400 seats. One suit was filed by nine Republican House members and the other by the town of Gilford and two of its residents. Both claim lawmakers did not follow the New Hampshire constitution requiring communities with sufficient population to have their own representative. The two suits filed this week bring the total to five challenges to the House plan that was vetoed by Gov. John Lynch but overridden by the House and Senate.
Rep. Lee Quandt of Exeter is the lead plaintiff in the Republican representatives’ suit, which includes three Manchester House members: Leo Pepino, Steve Vaillancourt and Irene Messier. The filers also include a former House member from Pelham and a Pittsfield voter. The suit seeks a preliminary injunction forbidding the secretary of state moving forward with the filing period for state office, which begins June 6 and ends June 15.