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July 25, 2013

NH gov vetoes changes to absentee ballot law

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has vetoed a bill that would have changed how the state handles absentee ballots.

Under current law, towns and cities are instructed to begin processing absentee ballots at 1 p.m. on election day. The bill would have left it to poll workers to decide when to start, as long as it was at least two hours after polls opened.

Hassan said she vetoed the bill because it did not require communities to give any advance notice of when the processing would begin. She said she agrees with the bill’s intention of making the process more flexible and efficient but said not requiring advance notice could have undermined the transparency of the election process.

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