New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
May 9, 2021

Kate Giaquinto, Director of Communications | 603-573-6103

Anne M. Edwards, Associate Attorney General | 603-419-9538

Additional Details Regarding the Senate Bill 43 Forensic Election Audit

Concord, NH -- Secretary of State William M. Gardner and Attorney General John M. Formella announce additional details regarding the Senate Bill 43 Forensic Election Audit of the November 3, 2020 Windham Election.

START DATE: The Forensic Election Audit Team will begin the Audit on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at 10 A.M. Pursuant to SB 43, the forensic election audit must take place within 45 days of the effective date of April 12, 2021, which is May 27, 2021.


Senate Bill 43 gave the Secretary of State the responsibility of determining a method of selecting the 20 members of the public to observe the Election Audit of the 2020 General Election ballots from the town of Windham. All 20 public observers must be New Hampshire voters.

Ten of the individuals will be chosen as a result of their direct participation by voting in the presidential election, participating in the Windham recount as observers, and/or participating in the subsequent Ballot Law Commission appeal hearing.

The remaining ten appointments will be chosen daily by random drawing at 4 pm for attendance at the Audit the following day. Alternates will also be selected. Observers will be notified by 5 pm and provided with information regarding protocols related to the Audit.

To apply for attendance, send an email to and put "Windham Election Audit" in the subject line. The body of the email should include the applicant's name, address, email, and phone number so the chosen members can be contacted. This process will be repeated for each day the Audit continues. Further information will be available Monday on the Secretary of State website

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