November 4th, 2008
06:56 PM ET
13 years ago

Judge backs NH GOP in poll observer dispute

(CNN) - A judge ruled in favor of the New Hampshire State Republican party today in a lawsuit that alleged some GOP election observers were prevented from monitoring same day voter registrations. "We are not alleging any malfeasance today," said Fergus Cullen , Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party. "The ability to observe some same day registration process was denied by individual polling stations." Cullen told CNN the judge ruled quickly in their favor.

Superior Court Judge Gillian Abramson ruled that poll observers should be situated in an area where they can "meaningfully see and hear each voter."

Matt Normand, Deputy City Clerk for Manchester, New Hampshire, pointed out there are privacy issues surrounding access to voter registration tables because sensitive material- such as social security numbers and driver's license could be compromised.

Filed under: New Hampshire • Voter Problems
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. brandx

    The gop can't win anything with dirty tricks. What a sorry bunch of losers.Get 'em Obama!

    November 4, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  2. Mz Leah

    I could put a grapefruit in a suit and place it in the Oval Office & it would probably be more productive than Bush-oops McCain.

    November 4, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  3. independent ted

    why would you care if both major parties want to observe that the rule of law is being followed unless you , yourself are cheating. i really doubt that the nj's , simone's , and , barbara's of the country would care if it was democrats that wanted to deny military overseas votes from counting in virginia. oh that's right , they are , and you don't.

    November 4, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  4. chuck

    barbara makes me ashamed to be from NC...

    November 4, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  5. in NH

    Just for the record, it was a member of the republican party in NH that went to jail in 2004 for jamming the phones of the democratic party offices in 2004.

    That would be the republicans cheating. And convicted, not rumored.

    November 4, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. Jen

    It's only fair that both groups are represented.

    November 4, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  7. Lisa

    You can't steal what already belongs to you, Stevie Ray. Obama/Biden 08. Here's a a clue.

    November 4, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. Thomas Baker

    Keep Gitmo open but CLOSE Kentucky. Deal?

    November 4, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. tonya griffin

    stevieRay – It's funny how you can make racial slanders about what the think black panthers have done, and how that is "typical". Typical for who? The ignorance of people come out clear in your comment. Because it is a "black group" it's typical, there are a lot of black people supporting McCain. What would you call them? What about the threats made to Obama? do you think that is typical? It's time to get off the color boat- this is 2008 let's look at the best canidate not your favorite color. God help us

    November 4, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  10. brandx

    Well said in NH.

    November 4, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  11. CClark

    Steal an election you say? RepubliCANTS should know all about that....remember 2000? Look where that got us. Typical Republican pointing fingers to take the heat of their own lies and misdoings. You guys need to find something else to do than cheating the American people.

    November 4, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. Opened eyes

    idiocracy breeds idiocracy.until we learn to come together as a people and see our neighbor for who they are and not what they are.we will continue to be pawns in the political game of chess,with the government telling us what we want and need.
    they say our vote counts.they say our voice matters.did they hear our voices on the bailout of Wallstreet?did our voices count? I think
    not. Since the unfolding of this election,i am talking before mc cain was on the radar...i said they would put him matter what the people vote...they will put him in. I know..
    let us be clear...obama has made it this far only to give the impression that america is united and past the issue of race.i wish that were the case. Take a moment to look around.really pay attention.america is not united,it is say,i am not a racist.till it comes to dinner and next your telling your daughter she cant see him anymore. I have been at that table,and have to say my last dinner. My daughter is the change obama is fighting for

    November 4, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  13. tim

    the problem is their are so many undercover racist in this country and more than half didn't realize it till a black was running for office

    November 4, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. Chris

    I guess it is okay if the "activist" judges side with republicans. There's no need for them to be up in the face of new registrants except to intimidate and we are seeing this type of pattern all over the country.

    November 4, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  15. Peter

    There is little doubt that both parties take measures too far to try to "help" their candidates. I've voted both sides and in my opinion,recently, it seems the Republicans are leading in that category. My only concern is that this election will be decided not on who we as a country think will do the best job, but instead on a hatred of the "other" . How does that really help anyone?

    November 4, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  16. Robert

    It is simple, the GOP observers should be standing next to the democratic observers.

    November 4, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
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