N.H. spent $4.17M on defending voting law

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    A volunteer prepares "I Voted" stickers at a polling station at Windham High School, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Windham, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa

New Hampshire Bulletin
Published: 1/21/2022 6:08:12 PM
Modified: 1/21/2022 6:07:07 PM

The state spent $4.17 million in attorneys’ fees for two lawsuits over a 2017 Republican-backed voting law, according to a letter from Attorney General John Formella to Sen. Cindy Rosenwald.

Both the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire and the state Democratic Party sued the state over the law – often called Senate Bill 3 – which required newly registered voters to provide proof of residency before casting a ballot.

After the New Hampshire Supreme Court struck down the law as unconstitutional in July, the League of Women Voters and the state Democratic Party asked the state to cover “reasonable attorneys’ fees.” The League of Women Voters’ attorneys requested $7.75 million but settled for a $3 million payment from the state for over 11,000 billable hours.

The New Hampshire Democratic Party was represented by Shaheen & Gordon, which requested $383,815 and agreed to a $350,000 payment.

And the state incurred $827,165 in fees from outside lawyers they hired to help with the case. The New Hampshire Department of Justice said it spent 4,176 billable hours defending the case.

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