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New Hampshire voters file lawsuit over congressional district maps

By: - April 4, 2022 12:20 pm
The building that houses the New Hampshire Secretary of State Office

Secretary of State David Scanlan was named in the lawsuit. (Dana Wormald | New Hampshire Bulletin)

Five New Hampshire voters have filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s congressional district maps and asking Hillsborough County Superior Court to draw the voting districts. 

Filed last week, the complaint argues that New Hampshire’s current congressional district maps that have been in place for the past 10 years are no longer constitutional given the latest census data released in August. 

The Legislature is tasked with redrawing these maps, or redistricting, every 10 years to reflect population changes in the state. The lawsuit argues that the process has reached an impasse now that Gov. Chris Sununu has vowed to veto congressional maps proposed by Republican lawmakers. Plaintiffs believe the process will not be completed in time for the 2022 elections and have asked the court to intervene and draw a new map of its own.

Plaintiffs include former New Hampshire House speaker Terie Norelli, and the lawsuit names New Hampshire Secretary of State David Scanlan.

In addition to congressional districts, the Legislature is also responsible for redrawing the voting districts for state Senate, House, Executive Council, and county commissioner seats. Voting rights advocates in the state expect the maps to face additional legal challenges.

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Amanda Gokee
Amanda Gokee

Amanda Gokee is the New Hampshire Bulletin’s energy and environment reporter. She previously reported on these issues at VTDigger. Amanda grew up in Vermont and is a graduate of Harvard University. She received her master’s degree in liberal studies, with a concentration in creative writing, from Dartmouth College. Her work has also appeared in the LA Review of Books and the Valley News.