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Assuring Accurate Elections

Good Morning, Bedford.

Over the weekend an online news source, the NH Journal, published a story that stated that 190 absentee ballots received by the Bedford Town Clerk's Office in 2020 election had been temporarily misplaced and were not included in the final tally of votes.

According to that account, Bedford officials discovered the error when they went to reconcile all the numbers and reported it to the Secretary of State's Office, who then forwarded the case to the Attorney General's Office.

After that, the story begins to diverge, with local officials offering one version and the Attorney General's Office something quite different. I am attaching this morning's Union Leader coverage as the most up to date.

It would be a gross understatement to say that I am "concerned" about this situation. I am thunderstruck by the length of time it took to conduct the investigation and by the claim that local officials were directed not to speak about the incident. I was unaware of the situation until I read about it on Sunday, and I find myself with more questions now than I had then.

This is not about winning or losing. It is not about partisan politics. It is about assuring that our elections are accurate, that every single vote counts.

I stand with your entire Bedford state legislative delegation in calling for a thorough and transparent account of what happened.

Stay Tuned! sm

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