Update on SB 79 - Verification Bill
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Senate Bill 79, which restores the authority of the moderator to verify the machine count after an election, was heard on Monday, Jan 25, by the Senate Election Law Committee. You can read the SB79 Hearing Report. Thanks to all of you who signed in to support the bill.
Seven people spoke in favor of the bill and two in opposition. 45 people signed in in support of the bill and 5 in opposition. One would expect that to be a very hopeful sign.
The main arguments against the bill are:
1. You can’t hack a pencil. Response: Yes, but we don’t use pencils to count the votes.
2. We test the machines before each election. Response: Yes, but Voltswagon has shown that one can program a machine to do one thing in test mode and quite another in live mode.
3. New Hampshire does lots of recounts. Response: Yes, but only for lower level offices. A recount of a state representative race does not ensure that a federal Senate race or Presidential race has been accurately counted.
Several town moderators have indicated that they have received many calls from concerned citizens questioning our election results. They were assured by these moderators that they could trust the results. The problem is the voter should not have to Trust the accuracy of the results and the integrity of election officials—it’s the government’s job to prove the results are correct.
This bill is party neutral in that there is no reason to believe it will support one party over another. However, it definitely will raise voter confidence by ensuring the integrity of the vote. Click: Take action and contact your Senator today.
Our voting rights are under assault. We must stay engaged.

Voter Suppression on Steroids

On a wider note, the Brennan Center for Justice reports that voter suppression bills are on the rise nationwide in 2021. Pennsylvania leads the way with 14 restrictive policy proposals. New Hampshire comes in second with 11 bills. You can read the full Brennan Center report .

"Under the NH Constitution, Part 2 Art 32, the moderator is required to sort and count votes in open meeting and make a public declaration thereof. As town moderator, I am not comfortable with certifying the accuracy of a vote count based on blindly accepting the readout from a voting machine that uses proprietary software without doing some kind of verification, after the election, but before certifying the results that the machine has worked as intended. I will continue to fight for the right of the people of Derry to know that their votes were counted accurately."  Derry Moderator, Malia Till
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