January 7, 2012 at 09:15:37
NH Secretary of State: “Citizen Election Observers Threaten Election Integrity”
By Nancy Tobi (about the author)
Prior to the 2010 midterm elections New Hampshire citizens, concerned that the optical scanning machines used in their towns concealed the vote count from the public, asked their local election officials to instead conduct public hand counts.
It is perfectly legal in New Hampshire to do public hand counts of ballots instead of running them through the concealed computerized count. After all, the NH Constitution clearly states that votes shall be sorted and counted in open meeting, in public.
The local election officials turned to the New Hampshire Secretary of State for guidance in how to respond to the request made by voters in their community.