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Public sessions planned to inventory ballots from Bedford, Laconia

By: - April 5, 2022 5:47 pm

State officials don’t know how many ballots went uncounted in the Laconia election. (Getty Images)

The Attorney General’s Office and the Secretary of State’s Office will hold public sessions on Wednesday and Thursday to inventory certain ballots cast in Bedford and Laconia after securing permission to do so from Belknap County Superior Court and Hillsborough North Superior Court.

Some absentee ballots that were cast in the November 2020 general election in Bedford were not counted, according to the Attorney General’s Office. Those ballots will be tallied during a public session on Wednesday to check them against a list created by Bedford election officials in order to ensure that people were properly notified if their vote was not counted.

The public session on Wednesday will also open an envelope containing ballots from the 2021 special election for the Hillsborough District 7 House seat to tally the number of ballots and verify the election in which they were cast. Democrat Catherine Rombeau won the election against Republican Linda Rea Camarota.

On Thursday, a second public session will take a tally of ballots that were cast in the 2020 general election in Laconia and later found in a side collection compartment of a ballot collection box for one of the city’s wards. Because of where the ballots were found, they do not appear to have been counted, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

The public sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and will be held at the State Archives building at 9 Ratification Way in Concord.

According to reporting by the Keene Sentinel, state officials don’t know how many ballots went uncounted in the Laconia election, and allegations have not been made that the uncounted ballots would have changed the election results.

New Hampshire’s elections are sound and secure, according to the Secretary of State David Scanlan. And no evidence of widespread voter fraud has been found. However, trust in election results and government institutions remains low, both in New Hampshire and nationally.

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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.