Many, But Not All, Support Postponing Town Elections Due To Storm

Mar 14, 2017

Tuesday's snowstorm created challenges for election officials across the state.
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

  The late winter blizzard led town officials across in New Hampshire to postpone town meetings and elections. It's a decision many people -- but not all -- are happy about.

Voters in Bedford were supposed to elect two new town councilors and a town clerk on Tuesday, but Bedford’s moderator – like many across the state – decided to postpone voting due to the snowstorm. Catherine Rombeau is running for Town Council in Bedford for the first time. “I was excited for getting out to the polls today," she said, "but I’m ok with waiting until Thursday. I think everyone did the best they could with a difficult situations and changing circumstances.”

One current town councilor in Bedford, John Schneller, didn’t think postponing was the right idea. He sought an injunction in court to force the town vote on Tuesday despite the snow.  A judge ruled against the injunction yesterday.

Nearby in Milford, Suzanne Fournier is among five candidates for the board of Selectmen. That election was also postponed to Saturday, which she called "perfect."

“Plus, they allowed people to do the absentee ballot for people who did show up. Isn’t that great?”

Fournier said voters in her town got the best of both worlds. They can vote now if they want, or vote later if that's safer.