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News Release

For Immediate Release
April 17, 2012

Contact:
Matthew G. Mavrogeorge, Assistant Attorney General
(603) 271-3650

Voting Rights Act
Submission of a request for expedited preclearance of New Hampshire's redistricting of State Senate and House Districts to the Federal Department of Justice

Attorney General Michael A. Delaney announces that on April 6, 2012, a request for expedited preclearance of the redistricting of New Hampshire's Senate and House Districts was submitted to the United States Department of Justice. The State Senate districts were redrawn by Senate Bill 201 and the State House districts were redrawn by House Bill 592. SB 201 became effective on March 23, 2012, and HB 592 became effective on March 28, 2012.

Ten New Hampshire localities 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 United States Department of Justice or the United States District Court, Washington D.C. The United States Department of Justice will review the changes to New Hampshire's State Senate and House districts 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's redistricting statutes have been submitted to, and approved by, the United States Justice Department since the 1980 census. Federal regulations require public notification that the State has filed a request for preclearance and that the submission be available for public inspection.

Copies of the preclearance submission for the State of New Hampshire are available at the Office of the Attorney General, at 33 Capitol Street, and at the Office of the Secretary of State, State House, Room 204, both located in Concord, New Hampshire. The submission is also available for review on the Office of the Attorney General's website at:

http://doj.nh.gov/election-law/section-5.htm

Attorney General Delaney and the United States Department of Justice invite people interested in this submission to submit comments and information, in writing or by telephone, to the Voting Section of the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, at the earliest possible date in order to be considered during the preclearance review time period. The United States Department of Justice may be contacted via telephone at 1-800-253-3931; via email at vot1973c@us.doj.gov; or by submitting written comments directed to Chief, Voting Section, Civil Rights Division, Room 7254 - NWB, Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20530. The envelope for, and first page of, any submitted written comments should be marked "Comment under section 5." Additional information on the Voting Rights Act and the preclearance process can be obtained at the website of the United States Department of Justice at:

http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot/sec_5/about.php

The New Hampshire Attorney General's Elections Unit can be contacted at:

New Hampshire Toll Free 1-866-8868-3703
or 1-866-VOTER03
electionlaw@doj.nh.gov


New Hampshire Department of Justice | 33 Capitol Street | Concord, NH | 03301
Telephone: 603-271-3658