New Hampshire lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010
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New Hampshire is one of five states that has no Lieutenant Governor. Instead, the President of the State Senate serves as first to succeed to the governorship should the governor leave office or be unable to serve. Sylvia Larsen was the Senate President in 2010 and was unopposed in her September 14, 2010 primary.
Intended candidates had to submit either a $100 filing fee or a minimum of 200 "primary petitions" to file an Official Declaration of Candidacy. This method of entering the race was a requirement for all Democratic and Republican candidates in order to participate in the September primary. The Declaration of Candidacy is different from the Declaration of Intent, and is required by the New Hampshire Secretary of State in order to place a candidate's name on the general election ballot.
Declarations of Intent to run had to be accompanied by either a $100 fee or a minimum of 3,000 "nominating papers." If the candidate chooses the latter option, she had to gain 1,500 signatures from each of the state's two Congressional Districts. June 11th was the deadline for filing primary petitions and for nomination papers.
Polling hours on all election days were from 6:00 am until 8:00pm. Townships have great discretion is choosing when to open, provided they open by 11:00 am. Though polls may remain open until 8:00pm, most are able to close by 7:00 pm and local news outlets often consider races 'callable' after that hour.
New Hampshire allows voters to register and vote on election day for both the primary and the general election. However, the last day on which voters could change party affiliation prior to the primary was June 1, 2010. Additionally, there were blackouts periods prior to both elections to allow election workers to finalize rolls and prepare for balloting. These periods began on September 7th for the primary and on October 23rd for the general. Intended voters who missed these deadlines had to wait until the election day and register on site.
- Green Papers on the New Hampshire gubernatorial election of 2010
- New Hampshire Secretary of State Elections Division
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