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News Release

For Immediate Release
July 19, 2010

Contact:
Deputy Attorney General Bud Fitch
(603) 271-1238

Voting Rights Act – Submissions of Requests for Preclearance of 2010 Changes to New Hampshire Voting Laws and Procedures

Attorney General Michael A. Delaney announces the submission of requests for preclearance of changes made to the election laws in New Hampshire to the Federal Department of Justice. Preclearance submissions will address changes made to New Hampshire's election laws since jurisdictions in the State became subject to preclearance. Submissions will be made over the next several weeks until all 2010 changes to New Hampshire's election laws have been submitted.

Ten New Hampshire towns are subject to section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act. Changes to New Hampshire election laws that affect any of these ten towns must be submitted for review by either the Federal Department of Justice or the Federal District Court for Washington DC. The federal Department of Justice will review the changes to New Hampshire's election laws to ensure that the changes do not have the effect of denying or abridging the right to vote on account of race or color, or membership in a language minority group. Changes to New Hampshire redistricting statutes have been submitted to, and approved by, the US Justice Department since the 1980 census. The State has submitted preclearance requests for most of the changes made to New Hampshire voting law and is in the process of completing that updating of preclearance.

Federal regulations require that the public be notified that the State has filed requests for preclearance and that the submissions be available for public inspection. Copies of each submission by the Attorney General for the State of New Hampshire are available at the office of the Attorney General at 33 Capitol Street, Concord New Hampshire, 03301. Each document will also be made available at the Attorney General's Office Web site at: http://www.doj.nh.gov/elections/.

Attorney General Delaney and the federal Department of Justice invite persons interested in pending submissions to submit comments and information, in writing or by telephone, to the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division at the earliest possible date to assure that they may be considered during the preclearance review time period. Telephone 1-800-253-3931 or (202) 307-2385 or write Chief, Voting Section, Civil Rights Division, Room 7254 – NWB, Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington DC 20530 (the envelope and first page should be marked "Comment under Section 5"). Further information on the federal Department of Justice's Voting Rights Section can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/crt/voting/

The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office Voting section can be contacted at: http://www.doj.nh.gov/elections/.

New Hampshire Toll Free 1-866-868-3703 or 1-866-VOTER03
electionlaw@doj.nh.gov

A letter describing the historical circumstances of the ten New Hampshire towns becoming subject to the Voting Rights Act preclearance requirements, originally sent to the federal Department of Justice in 2004, is available at: http://www.doj.nh.gov/elections/.


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Telephone: 603-271-3658