New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
October 05, 2021

Michael S. Garrity, Director of Communications | (603) 931-9375

Myles B. Matteson, Deputy General Counsel
Attorney General's Office Election Law Unit | (603) 271-1119

Brown v. Scanlan

Concord, NH – Today the Hillsborough County Superior Court, Southern District granted the State's Motion to Dismiss Portable Document Format Symbol in the case of Miles Brown et al. v. David Scanlan et al., holding that partisan gerrymandering claims present non-justiciable political questions.

The Superior Court stated that "if the citizens of this State intended to require the legislature to meet additional criteria in drawing legislative and executive council districts, they would have explicitly provided those requirements alongside the existing ones in Part II of the constitution."

"We take issues related to our elections very seriously here in New Hampshire. I greatly appreciate the work by members of my office, including our Election Law Unit and our Civil Litigation Unit, in defending the statutes passed by the Legislature," said Attorney General John M. Formella.

The plaintiffs have until October 15, 2022, to file a motion to reconsider and may also choose to pursue an appeal to the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

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