November 4th, 2008
06:56 PM ET
12 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. Barbara in NC

    Typical republicans. NO MORE – NOT THIS TIME


    November 4, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  2. Speider

    Those who have attempted to stop or impede the voting process, not only does an injustice to millions who fought and died for our freedoms to vote, they are breaking the law and be they democrat, republican or independent, they must be caught and prosecuted to the FULL extent of the law. This is unacceptable in America.

    November 4, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  3. Simone

    Seems like they are starting the cheat already

    November 4, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. nj


    November 4, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  5. mike

    Amen's time to frog march these false patriots down to Gitmo

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

    At least the gop can't claim they were cheated.

    Probalby won't matter in NH.

    November 4, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  7. RA in Arizona

    Not this time! Let freedom ring!

    November 4, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  8. Scott

    Good for Matt... Privacy should be protected

    November 4, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  9. JackH

    Uh, it looks like the DUMocrats were trying to cheat and hide something.

    DUMOcrats are notorious, not the GOP, for shady elections.

    Remember JFK

    November 4, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. Hammy Pride

    NH has a long standing history of Conservative Voter Fraud, include the famous phone jamming in 2004. ACORN has nothing on the NH GOP.

    November 4, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  11. Tubby The Tuba

    Typical republican manuever. Speaks volumes about the republican party...sooooo unpatriotic!! Legal stealing of votes! Ain't America great!

    November 4, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  12. Mike

    You people are idiots. You say the Republicans are cheating–rules are rules–and if not followed, then what....Barabara–typical Demoscat–do whatever to win–no matter if it breaks the rules

    November 4, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  13. Mike

    Barbara-it was the Republicans that were being discriminated against.Typical liberal reaction!

    November 4, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  14. stevieRay

    It's amazing we've been having elections for over two hundred years and we're still not spinning like a top.

    It's amazing the Black Panthers are getting away with intimidation in Philly, though not unexpected.

    The Democrats are trying to steal this election.

    November 4, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  15. Gloria

    Shame on that Judge... this is just so wrong!!!!

    November 4, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  16. MD

    Barbara, did you even read the story? Democrats sought to keep Republican monitors 40 feet from the new registrations because they are the minority party. They found a braindead judge who agreed. The decision was reversed by someone who isn't a complete retard, but the damage was done. "Typical Republicans" fighting against the idiotic leftist tactics.

    November 4, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  17. John J Martinez

    Intimidation, that is all they are interested in.

    November 4, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  18. Rob

    It seems CNN has turned into a hugr propaganda machine for the Liberal leftists, since when has American Media and Hollywood Icons been a tool for our political process....SEems like State Run Television in the MiddleEast to me...I don;t live in the US but it is truly scary to watch the media playing such a art in getting their horse to come in first....Seems like an "Unbiased Media" is something of the past!!!!!! It's a pity....

    November 4, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  19. nepacific

    From reading the brief story, it sounds as if Speider is going overboard. It doesn't sound as if anyone was trying to impede the process, just that people disagreed as to the best way to conduct the process fairly. It's too bad the clerks couldn't figure out a better way of dealing with the problem, but it's good that the judge was able to rule correctly quickly. Election observers from the competing parties are very important, to make sure everything is fair. Congratulations to everyone who voted, and to everyone who helped conduct the process.

    November 4, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  20. mark

    Jack H
    FL 2000?

    OH 2004? Diebold CEO "I guarantee I will deliver Ohio to you, Mr. bush"

    Repubs ahead, 2-1; does this tie it up in your books?

    November 4, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  21. Gary in Vancouver

    Well, are the Republicans whining because they think that some of the voters that got the "Democrats are scheduled to vote the day after Republicans" phone calls were actually smart enough to realize that the Republicans will do anything to win an election.

    They have tried just about every underhanded illegal trick to make sure some Democrats can't vote or miss the vote that they honestly don't deserve to win. If I ever had an observer think that he or she is going to stand over my shoulder while I vote, I hope that they would have that "red" meat steak handy for the black and blue around their eye sockets.

    I have voted for both parties and the only party that I consistently hear about trying to deceive the other party is the Republicans. I honestly hope that they lose every race. How else will they ever learn? The jerks and criminals in that party make the good Republican lawmakers suffer an unbearable fate. You do get what you deserve.

    November 4, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  22. Gary

    It is the media who decided this election. Voters cast their votes according to the brainwashing of over 2,000 reporters who favored Obama over McCain. The media can now claim they influenced at least 25% of the vote. This is enough to swing an election. I like the way the media predicted Obama to win so this would discourage voters to vote for McCain. Thinking, why go vote Obama has already won. The media in this election was biased and it was obvious.

    November 4, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  23. Bob

    Which part of this article was so hard to understand? The GOP observers are trying to make sure that the ACORN-type fiascos can't happen in New Hampshire. Anyone trying to defend the poll workers that prevented this is nuts! The poll workers, under the guise of 'privacy' would have been in a position to allow fraudulent registration, and after what I witnessed in my own polling place today (a vision impaired poll worker who asked me to spell my common name 3 times, newspapers opened to clear campaign material inside the polling place, and poll workers having to be instructed more than halfway through the day on what was acceptable ID for a provisional ballot) the competence of poll workers in general, and the ability of the general public to expect them to run a fair election, is questionable at best and a laughing stock at worst.

    November 4, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  24. Simone

    Why are there comments of Black panthers on here and intimidation you have used intimation for Years! Centuries to sway votes. why must we get ugly and mean. Those comments are so typical of George Bush and McCain it's sad, ignorant and pathetic

    November 4, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  25. Michael

    wow going all the way to JFK when GWB was just 8 years ago. hmmmmmmmmmmm

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