From: Legal Inquiries <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 11:15 AM
Subject: Litchfield: Selectmen Present at Election Polls
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Good morning Troy,
Are either the moderator or town clerk in contested races? Generally speaking, the Secretary of State’s guidance has been that all officials who work the polls may perform their lawfully prescribed duties, but, in the case of contested elections, handling of the ballots and counting of the ballots should be done by officials not in contested elections (if possible) in order to prevent the possibility of vote manipulation.
Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.
Natch Greyes, Esq.
Municipal Services Counsel
NH Municipal Association
25 Triangle Park Drive
Concord NH 03301
Tel: (603) 224-7447
From: Troy Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 11:01 AM
To: Legal Inquiries <email@example.com>
Subject: Selectmen Present at Election Polls
Dear Legal Inquiries,
We have a Selectman that is running for office again. The Board of Selectmen are required to have 3 members present at the polls throughout the election day and during ballot counting. It has been the practice of previous Selectmen not to associate themselves at the polls due to conflicts of interests. However, the Town Moderator and Town Clerk are candidates on the 2020 ballot and will be performing their legal duties during election day. Is there a law that prohibits incumbents from performing their job functions on election day because they are seeking to be re-elected?
Troy Brown, Town Administrator
Town of Litchfield
2 Liberty Way
Tel: 603.424.4046 ext 1250