Bar News - November 16, 2016
Hundreds of NH Lawyers Assist at Polls
Hundreds of New Hampshire lawyers participated in the Election Day process on Tuesday, Nov. 8, acting as poll monitors, town moderators, and supervisors of the checklist throughout the state. Those observing at the polls were trained to detect signs of potential voter fraud, to ensure a fair and just result to the electoral process Ė a cornerstone of American democracy.
NH Bar member Gov. Maggie Hassan defeated incumbent Republican and fellow Bar member Kelly Ayotte, former NH Attorney General, in the race for US Senate by a razor thin margin. NH Bar member Ann McLane Kuster, a Democrat, defeated Republican challenger Jim Lawrence to retain her seat in Congress. Incumbent Democrat Carol Shea-Porter also prevailed, defeating Republication Frank Guinta for the District 2 seat.
Republican Chris Sununu defeated fellow Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern for the governorís office. After choosing not to respond to a Bar News survey last month, Sununu received a letter from more than 100 attorneys and judges from both sides of the aisle, urging him to support the Judicial Selection Commission process for nominating judges. The Concord Monitor later reported that Sununu said he would continue the commission process, which has vet judicial candidates since 2000, with the exception of during Republican Craig Bensonís term as governor.
The GOP swept NH House and Senate races, and was likely to maintain control of both chambers, with many NH Bar members among those elected and defeated.
Republican real estate mogul and reality television star Donald Trump won the United States presidency in a historic upset against former Senator and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, after an astonishing voter turnout across the country.