NHAG issues cease and desist to NHDP absentee voter letters

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One of the envelopes from the NHDP mailer. Courtesy/NH Attorney General’s Office

CONCORD, N.H. – On Friday, New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella issued a cease and desist order to the New Hampshire Democratic Party in regard to letters sent to voters.

The letter says that the voter has a history of requesting absentee ballots, but the Attorney General’s Office found that there were 926 voters in 39 towns who received the letters that have not voted absentee in the past and listed at a voting domicile in wrong towns.

The letter also includes return envelopes to non-existent county boards of elections, incorrect addresses for local town and city clerks.

Formella’s statement indicated that the letters could unintentionally lead voters to violate New Hampshire RSA 657:6 and has requested a remediation procedure by Tuesday.

New Hampshire Democratic Party Executive Director Troy Price released the following statement in regard to the announcement.

“This was a regrettable clerical error made by a mail vendor with the intention of ensuring every Granite Stater was able to cast their ballot in this year’s general election. The NHDP has been transparent about the issues with this mailing and have been working with the Attorney General’s office to remedy the situation. We have already taken steps to contact the voters affected, and we expect to have this issue resolved shortly.”

New Hampshire Republican Party Executive Director Elliot Gault released the following statement in regard to the announcement.

“It is deeply troubling that the New Hampshire Democrat Party would spread election confusion in Rockingham County – a county where Republican voter registrations outnumber Democrat registrations. By seemingly creating a fictitious ‘Rockingham Board of Elections’ this has the potential to spread misinformation regarding the upcoming 2022 election and I commend the Attorney General’s office for issuing this cease & desist letter. Overburdening municipalities with their mistake is unacceptable. The New Hampshire Democrat Party needs to immediately implement a solution to prevent any of the voters they mailed from being disenfranchised or suppressed from the voting process this November.”

Anyone with concerns over potentially illegal political advertising or mailers can contact the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office at electionlaw@doj.nh.gov

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Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.