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News Release

For Immediate Release
June 4, 2012

Contact:
Anne M. Edwards, Associate Attorney General
(603) 271-1202

Preclearance by the Federal Department of Justice of New Hampshire's Redistricting of State Senate and House Districts

Attorney General Michael A. Delaney announces that today his Office filed with the New Hampshire Supreme Court a Notice on the Status of the United States Department of Justice's Review of the House Redistricting Law. The Notice informs the Court that, on June 1, 2012, the United States Justice Department issued a notification that under section 5 of the Federal Voting Rights Act, United States Attorney General Eric Holder "does not interpose any objection" to Chapters 8 (SB 201) and 9 (HB 592), which made changes to the Senate and House districts respectively. Additionally, no objection was made to Constitutional Amendment Concurrent Resolution 41 (CACR 41) (2006), which authorized the use of floterial districts.

The non-objection letter from the United States Justice Department is available for review on the Office of the Attorney General's website at:

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

The joint request for expedited preclearance of the redistricting of New Hampshire's Senate and House Districts was submitted to the United States Department of Justice on April 6, 2012. The State Senate districts were redrawn by SB 201 (effective March 23, 2012) and the State House districts were redrawn by HB 592 (effective March 28, 2012). The joint request is available for review on the Office of the Attorney General's website at:

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

The consolidated legal challenge to HB 592 is currently pending before the New Hampshire Supreme Court and scheduled for oral argument on June 6, 2012, at 9 AM.


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