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News Release

For Immediate Release
July 10, 2012

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

Voting Rights Act - Submissions of Requests for Expedited Preclearance of New Hampshire Laws Chapters 284 (Voter Identification), 285 (Voter Registration) and 289 (Voter Affidavit)

Attorney General Michael A. Delaney announces that on July 5, 2012, requests for expedited preclearance of New Hampshire Laws Chapters 284 (Voter Identification) and 285 (Voter Registration) were submitted to the United States Department of Justice. He further announces that on July 6, 2012, a request for expedited preclearance of New Hampshire Laws Chapter 289 (Voter Affidavit) was submitted to the United States Department of Justice.

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 voting laws instituted by Chapters 284, 285 and 289 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. 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 submissions 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 submissions are 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 these submissions 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