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Oct 29, 2015 5:42 PM

Landrigan: NH Secretary of State Bill Gardner lands priceless historical artifacts to mark 2016 filing season

CONCORD - When candidates step through this door and actually file for President they’ll make history. Secretary of State Bill Gardner is making sure it will also be for them a step back in time.

Candidates can sign up at this desk of Steven Bullock the political godfather of the first New Hampshire primary law which turns 100 in 2016.

His straw hat that he wore. His black book, those of you who are legislators will see his name on the black book, his pipe,’’ said Secretary of State Bill Gardner.

Bullock’s great-granddaughter Sybil donated these treasures.

"I think he was very modest and wouldn’t have made much of it I think but it certainly is an honor to me as well as the entire state of New Hampshire, I’m sure. I hope,’’ Sybil Bullock says.

And historic ballot boxes that in up to 60 towns remain in use since 1892.

"The kind of unique contrast of New Hampshire still using in many of our towns equipment that’s 123 years old that’s good today,’’ Gardner says.

Grover Cleveland the first president elected that year and George Cleveland of Tamworth says granddad would be proud.

"The fact we’re preserving history. The Australian ballot in which he participated in the first time, you voted for his electors in 1892. I think he’d think that was pretty neat,’’ George Cleveland tells NH1 News.

These vote counting machines were ahead of their time.

"When it actually goes in, it dings so the voters would wait so that they would know their ballot went in so it’s pretty cool,’’ sums up Colleen McCormack, Eaton’s former town clerk.

"It’s still in use today and it’s still dinging.’’

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