With the failure of Speaker of the House Shawn Jasper’s plan to ratify postponed election results, lawmakers are looking for a new way forward. The Hudson Republican’s amendment, which died Tuesday evening at the end of a several-hours long Election Law Committee session, asked towns to hold hearings and possibly special elections to ratify their own election results. Judy Silva, executive director of the New Hampshire Municipal Association, said that the testimony of numerous town moderators tipped the scales and prevented the special election amendment from passing.
“It (the vote) tended to be more of a partisan line again, which is unfortunate. I think people were concerned about the level of confusion it would cause — that’s what a lot of the local officials testified to,” said Silva, who attended the hearing.
“A lot of them said they needed help, something to allow them to go forward — some people said they didn’t think this was the way and that it would make it worse,” she added.