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Judge rules polls to stay open an extra hour in Dover, N.H.

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In the presidential swing state of New Hampshire, a judge has ruled that polls in the Democratic stronghold of Dover will remain open for an additional hour — mintues before they were initially scheduled to close.

The issue stemmed from a Tuesday morning email from Dover city officials to roughly 250 residents with incorrect information — that the polls will close at 8 p.m. Polls were scheduled to close at 7 p.m.

City officials corrected the time in a later email on Tuesday, but New Hampshire Democratic Party lawyers have said there was no way to know if a voter saw the first email but not the second with the accurate time.

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As a result, Democrats filed a motion with a special election section of the Merrimack Superior Court in Concord to keep the polls in Dover open until 8 p.m. An attorney for the state of New Hampshire filed a response arguing the polls should not remain open.

The impact of this decision is unknown, but likely not very significant. There is steady turnout at Dover polling locations, but not very long lines.

In 2012, President Obama won the city of Dover with 60 percent.

Most polls in New Hampshire close at 7 p.m., but some cities in the southern tier of the state stay open until 8 p.m.


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