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Oct 29, 2015 9:45 AM

NH AG: Merrimack Valley School District violated election laws for years

The Associated Press

PENACOOK — The New Hampshire Attorney General's office says the Merrimack Valley School District has been violating election laws at its annual meeting for years.

The Concord Monitor reports court documents show the school district's polling hours did not satisfy the minimum requirement and the school board candidates were illegally giving out campaign materials at the polling location.

Cease and desist letters sent in August ordered the district to follow state laws in the future.

Polls must open no later than 11 a.m. and not close before 7 p.m., allowing for an eight-hour voting window. Authorities said the school district's polls were open from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. during the annual meeting day in March.

Superintendent Mark MacLean says the district intends to comply with the regulations going forward.

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