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Friday, June 3, 2022   

New Hampshire political candidates and voters must now contend with the state's last-minute approval of a new congressional-district map.

On Tuesday, the New Hampshire Supreme Court unanimously approved a new map just one day before candidates began filing to run for office in the fall election.

Olivia Zink, executive director of New Hampshire-based Open Democracy, a nonpartisan and nonprofit civic organization, said the timing of the new map was far from ideal.

"The filing period opens the first Wednesday in June and goes for 10 days, which is a state law," Zink explained. "The maps were drawn with less than 24 hours before the filing period opened for congressional races. We were the last state in the country to finalize a map."

Court intervention to create a final congressional map was a last resort, after the governor vetoed two Republican-approved maps last week.

Zink noted only a handful of cities changed in Tuesday's state Supreme Court decision, moving them from the First to the Second District.

"The court drew a 'least-changed' map," Zink pointed out. "They changed five towns in kind-of northern New Hampshire: Albany, Jackson, Sandwich, Campton and New Hampton."

With the unique way New Hampshire's newest congressional map became law, Zink noted current congressional districts may not last into the future.

"Because this map was drawn by the court, the legislature can introduce a new map next year," Zink stressed. "We will stay vigilant to make sure that process is fair and transparent."

While Zink wishes the timing had been better, she believes the new map is "competitive," compared to earlier, more partisan proposals.


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