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Crypto crackdown?
Source:  NHBR Breaking News
Thursday, 01 December 2022 16:02

Jeremy Kauffman

‘The SEC vs. LBRY case establishes a precedent that threatens the entire US cryptocurrency industry,’ argued Jeffrey Kauffman, co-founder of LBRY and former U.S. Senate candidate, in a tweet.

In 1941, a Florida man hatched a plan to grow his citrus empire. But he made a critical error, and sparked a lawsuit that would have repercussions in New Hampshrie 81 years later.

Back then, William John Howey offered a deal. Investors could buy tracts of his land and lease it back to a company Howey controlled in order to develop and cultivate citrus groves. Howey’s company would then harvest and sell the fruit and give the landowners a share of the profits every year.

In Howey’s eyes, it was a win-win arrangement: an upfront land sale for him and a steady return for the landowners. In the eyes of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, it was an unregistered investment contract and a clear violation of the federal Securities Act.

The legal battle — and the 1946 Supreme Court decision that sided with the SEC — created a key new standard for determining when a contract should be seen as a security and registered as if it were a stock or a bond.

And last month, that standard, “the Howey Test,” upended a crypto-driven file-sharing company co-founded by a well-known New Hampshire libertarian and based in Manchester.

In a ruling Nov. 7, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire applied the 1946 precedent to find that LBRY, a company co-founded by former U.S. Senate candidate Jeremy Kauffman, had been illegally selling cryptocurrency credits that should have been registered as securities.

The court ruled that just as Howey had been selling investment contracts under the guise of land sales of citrus groves, LBRY had been selling a crypto investment under the guise of a credit to access LBRY’s platform.

The ruling could create serious financial problems for the seven-year-old company. Judge Paul Barbadoro granted an SEC motion calling for the “disgorgement of all ill-gotten gains from the unlawful conduct set forth here,” a decision that, barring a settlement or an appeal, could seriously threaten LBRY’s future.

The final settlement could bar the company from operating the credits that power its internal economy, forcing it to lose a key revenue stream.

In an email, Kauffman declined to comment on whether the company would appeal the decision or seek to settle.

“We will pursue whatever course of action is best for LBRY users and our mission to create a decentralized protocol that makes censorship impossible,” he said. The company itself may not survive, he added, “but the protocol is used daily by millions, the code is open source, and the work will continue some other way.”

Set Of Physical Golden Coin Lbry Credits (lbc)

Set of physical golden coin LBRY Credits (LBC), digital cryptocurrency. LBRY Credits (LBC) icon set. Vector illustration isolated on white background.

But as the company wrestles with its response, Kauffman and some legal observers argue the ruling also demonstrates the latest in a series of aggressive actions taken by the SEC against crypto-based companies. That oversight role has received new attention after the collapse of FTX, a cryptocurrency exchange that filed for bankruptcy after failing to return its users’ investments.

“The SEC vs. LBRY case establishes a precedent that threatens the entire US cryptocurrency industry,” argued Kauffman in a tweet the day of the decision. “Under this standard, almost every cryptocurrency, including Ethereum and Doge, are securities.”

The ‘credit’ question

Founded in 2015, LBRY created a file-sharing platform allowing users to purchase and share videos and other content without corporate oversight or rules.

The platform uses blockchain technology, a type of digital ledger that tracks ownership of assets without the need for human intervention, allowing it to operate without centralized control.

A court filing on behalf of LBRY described the service as “an alternative to centralized applications, such as YouTube, which have become increasingly autocratic in their censorship and demonetization policies and processes.”

In order to build that platform, the company’s founders self-funded the effort, and raised a “small amount” of funds from angel investors and venture capital firms, according to court filings. When the platform launched in 2016, the company also launched credits, known as LBC, which users can purchase in order to buy and upload content on the platform.

Those credits are at the heart of the SEC’s case against LBRY. The SEC argued the credits are the backbone of the company’s finances and function primarily as investment contracts, because they can rise and fall in value and can be sold for profit. The commission has pointed to statements made by Kauffman and others that noted the value of the LBRY credits was tied to the value of the company and the ability of the company’s founders to improve the company.

That distinction is crucial, according to Carol Goforth, a University of Arkansas professor and a leading U.S. scholar on cryptocurrency regulation. Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin do not need to be regulated as securities because their value is not tied to a company or representative, Goforth said in an interview. But crypto assets whose value depends directly on one company’s performance do meet the standard for securities, she said.

“The language that the SEC used in its 2019 framework on digital assets is whether or not there is an active participant upon whom others are relying,” Goforth said. “And in the LBRY case, the active participant was in fact the LBRY group — the group of creators for this particular token.”

But LBRY countered that the credits are not investments and have a functional purpose: to allow users to access the platform. Other credits were marketed to allow buyers to support the mission of the decentralized platform, not as investment opportunities, LBRY added in its court filings. And the company has noted that the credits were not seed investments; they were launched only after the platform was functional, and the company did not engage in a public offering of the credits.

“They waited very carefully until after it was functional to start selling it,” Goforth said. “And that was very smart. The thing that turns out in hindsight not to have been smart was to so publicly link the profitability of the investment opportunity.”

“You walk around with a big target on your back, don’t be surprised if you’re the one that gets shot at,” she added.

Kauffman disagrees with that, pointing to statements raised in the company’s court filings in which users were told not to speculate on the LBRY tokens.

“LBRY made many statements discouraging purchases for investment purposes. But,” Kauffman added, “the judge said that regardless of any marketing statements, LBRY would be a security.”

SEC, Congress and the future of crypto

In the end, Judge Barbadoro sided with the SEC. “… LBRY made no secret in its communications with potential investors that it expected LBC to grow in value through its managerial and entrepreneurial efforts,” he wrote.

Additionally, Barbadoro ruled, the fact that the credits had a practical use within the LBRY platform did not mean that they couldn’t also be bought and sold as investments.

Exactly what happens next is unclear; Barbadoro has called for a status conference between the parties, a move that could lead to a settlement. In a tweet Tuesday, the company referred to a “settlement proposal” made by the SEC, but did not comment on whether it would accept one.

To Goforth, the court ruling is the latest example of a regulatory environment that works better to punish crypto companies than to help them.

The current security registration system can be prohibitive to work with for cryptotechnology companies, Goforth argues. In an email, Kauffman argued that even if LBRY had wanted to register its credits as securities, the process would be “literally impossible.”

Meanwhile, the SEC has used the 1934 Securities Act to take action against other crypto companies in the recent past. In 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled in favor of the SEC against “Kik,” the company behind the free messaging app “Kik Messenger,” after finding that the company had issued digital “Kin” tokens that also were not registered. That decision resulted in a $5 million fine and a requirement that Kik not issue the tokens without registration.

Most SEC enforcements against crypto-related companies do not end up in court, Goforth said; the financial power of the SEC often forces smaller startups to settle.

“I don’t get the feeling that they are neutral to crypto assets,” Goforth said of the SEC, agreeing with Kauffman. “I also view them as being relatively hostile.”

Kauffman had stronger words. “The SEC behaves exactly as the mafia would: They threaten to use their subpoena power to cause damages, they only conduct business by phone, and they look the other way when you pay them off,” he said.

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler has defended the regulatory action, arguing he is attempting to protect investors by putting cryptocurrency under the same rulebook as the stock market.

“Nothing about the crypto markets is incompatible with the securities laws,” he said in September. “Investor protection is just as relevant, regardless of underlying technologies.”

Goforth and other academics who study cryptotechnologies say the answer is not to shut the SEC out of the process, but to pass better, modern regulations that are supportive of and tailored to blockchain technology. That is likely going to require legislation in Congress.

“We’ve got some decent bills that are under consideration that might get things moving,” Goforth said. “And then you have, of course, the huge, huge, huge fallout that I expect to be happening from the FTX collapse and the issues of Binance (a rival cryptocurrency exchange), and what that does to market stability, which I think we have yet to see. That, I think, might push additional pressure to get a legislative solution.”

On that point, Kauffman, a staunch libertarian, grudgingly agrees.

“The future of crypto now rests with an org worse than the SEC: the US Congress,” he wrote in a tweet.

This story was originally produced by the New Hampshire Bulletin, an independent local newsroom that allows NH Business Review and other outlets to republish its reporting.

Categories: Government, News

New buyer keeps Crotched Mountain School open
Source:  NHBR Breaking News
Thursday, 01 December 2022 15:22

Massachusetts-based Seven Hills Foundation, which provides health and other services at more than 200 locations in New England and abroad, announced Monday that it is buying the Crotched Mountain School for children with disabilities, which was set to close this week.

Seven Hills, headquartered in Worcester, announced it had an agreement to buy the 125-acre property from Legacy by Gersh for an undisclosed amount. The company received its license to operate the day and residential school Saturday, the day after Gersh’s license ended.

There are currently 38 students at the school, according to a press release from Seven Hills Foundation. Gersh announced in October that it would close its doors Nov. 18, citing hiring challenges. The short-notice left families of children whose disabilities are too complex for public school with limited alternatives.

Michelle McKenzie, a spokesperson for Seven Hills Foundation, said in an email that hiring is not a concern for them.

“Seven Hills employs more than 4,000 people throughout New England and has an active team of HR professionals dedicated solely to recruitment,� she said. “The organization is confident in its ability to recruit and retain the quality staff needed to operate the school.�

Located in Greenfield, the Crotched Mountain School serves children and young adults with autism between ages 4 and 21 and offers a vocational education program.

Categories: Education, News

Shaheen, Warren urge IRS to scrutinize TurboTax practices
Source:  NHBR Breaking News
Thursday, 01 December 2022 15:18

Jeanne Shaheen Elizabeth Warren

Democratic U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, left, and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts have asked federal regulators to look at how Intuit collects filing fees and distributes refunds through its TurboTax platform.

New Hampshire U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is joining with Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren to ask federal banking regulators and the IRS to look into the practices of tax preparation company Intuit TurboTax.

After hearing complaints from constituents, the two Democrats wrote to the Internal Revenue Service, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Reserve last week calling for scrutiny on the way TurboTax collects filing fees and distributes refunds.

In question is the relationship between Intuit TurboTax and Green Dot Bank.

They said New Hampshire and Massachusetts taxpayers told them that instead of refunds being deposited into taxpayer bank accounts, Intuit’s TurboTax deposited their refunds in the Utah-based Green Dot bank, where those taxpayers did not have accounts. Because they were not considered Green Dot customers, the senators wrote, the taxpayers could not get through an automated phone system to track down their refunds, and their normal banks did not have any record of the refunds.

The IRS can ask Green Dot to move customers’ refunds to their normal account, the senators wrote, but the bank is not obliged to respond.

The senators also urged the IRS “to develop its own simple, free filing service that taxpayers can use if they prefer not to have their refunds diminished by fees, their tax data shared with private companies, and their money whisked into banks they themselves did not choose.”

Categories: News

Keene State alumnus donates $1m to school
Source:  NHBR Breaking News
Thursday, 01 December 2022 15:15

Over 70 years after graduating from the school, a Keene State College alumnus with a love for education has donated $1 million to his alma mater.

Vincent D. Russell, 93, of Bowie, Md., who spent his career as a field director for the American Federation of Teachers, a national teacher’s union, described the liberal arts education he received at Keene State as life-changing, according to a KSC news release.

“I wanted a liberal arts education,� Russell said in the release. “My gift to the college is tied to the liberal arts because that is the best education a person can receive. College for me opened an entire world, and it changed me. It positioned me for who and what I became. I want to impact the lives of as many students as possible through my gift to Keene State.�

The funds will go to support experiential learning scholarships and the college’s visiting faculty program, according to the release. The inaugural Vincent D. Russell Experiential Learning Award and Visiting Scholars Award are expected to be selected on an annual basis, beginning next academic year, the release states. A representative of the college was not available Friday to provide more information on these scholarships and awards.

Russell grew up in Troy and attended local schools before enrolling at Keene State — then called Keene Teachers College — as an industrial arts major in 1946 at age 17, according to the release. All but five of the male enrollees that year, including Russell, were veterans getting GI Bill assistance, which aimed to provide benefits for some returning from service in World War II, the release states.

According to the college, while recalling his days of supporting teachers, organizing unions and defying judges, Russell said, “In my work, I was able to go around the country telling people to break the rules.� But the big picture, he added, “is about strengthening education for everyone.�

Keene State College President Melinda Treadwell said Russell’s gift to the college is emblematic of the enduring value of a public liberal arts education.

“Vincent’s life work has had enormous impact on so many,� she said in the release. “His gift to Keene State will directly support student and faculty dedication to a liberal arts education as a foundation for a long life filled with meaning and purpose.�

Categories: Education, News

MBTA should extend T to Manchester, report says
Source:  NHBR Breaking News
Thursday, 01 December 2022 15:13

A Boston-based advocacy group has issued a report that makes the case for transforming part of the Bay State’s commuter rail service into a regional network that would be electrified, have frequent all-day service and extend to Manchester, New Hampshire.

“Modernizing the Lowell Line,� a new report from TransitMatters, lays out the advantages of updating the MBTA’s fifth-busiest commuter rail line and its second-busiest feeding North Station.

The project would cost roughly $340 million, including $90 million to electrify the line and $250 million to update stations and provide high platform-level boarding, the report found.

A cost estimate for the suggested extension to Manchester was not included, the report said, as it would involve factors such as track restoration and possible right-of-way expansion.

This would all be part of the shift to a regional rail system and would include more frequent, all-day service more akin to rapid transit.

TransitMatters also called for a “mode-neutral fare integration,� which involves buses, subways and trains charging matching fares within the same zone to maximize ridership.

Categories: News

Panel looks for solutions to direct care worker shortage
Source:  NHBR Breaking News
Thursday, 01 December 2022 15:10

New Hampshire already faces a shortage of nursing assistants, home health aides and other direct care workers. But a state commission says thousands more will be needed as the population ages.

The NH Commission on Aging says strengthening that workforce — which helps people with disabilities and older adults manage daily tasks like meals, housekeeping and bathing — should be a top priority. Local advocates and an outside expert who recently testified before the commission say that will require higher wages and increases in state funding.

The direct care workforce was already a concern before the Covid-19 pandemic, when the “growing number of older adults, increased longevity, untenable low wages for caregivers, and shrinking number of people in the ‘working age’ cohort made this issue a brewing storm,� the advisory commission warned in its annual report, released Nov. 1.

Burnout and other issues during the pandemic further stressed the direct care workforce. According to the Commission’s report, many older adults are not getting the care they need and are experiencing worse health outcomes because there are too few workers.

“People think if something happens to their loved one that they’ll, you know, make some calls, and there’ll be people to help them,� said Amy Moore, who directs an in-home care program serving New Hampshire at Ascentria Care Alliance. “And that’s not the case right now.�

While staffing has been a concern for years, she said the pandemic “made it a million times worse.�

Other states’ strategies

Nearly all of her hires now are people who already know a client, like a neighbor or loved one, and are willing to go to work caring for them, she said. That often means giving up another job. She said other clients are forced to wait for the help they need because agencies like hers can’t hire enough caregivers, putting their health and safety at risk.

Last month, the Commission heard about strategies other states have used to build their workforces.

Amy Robins, director of advocacy for PHI, a national policy organization focused on elder care and disability services, said a lot of solutions hinge on more funding. Low pay, poor benefits and limited paths for career advancement drive many people out of the field, she said.

“They work extraordinarily hard, many hours, and still have challenges paying their bills,� Robins said.

According to PHI, the median direct care worker in New Hampshire earned $21,500 in 2020; a third of direct care workers relied on some form of public assistance. Robins said those jobs are held disproportionately by women, people of color and immigrants in New Hampshire and nationally.

Robins said some states have raised minimum wages for direct care workers, required facilities to spend a certain percentage of revenue on care or invested in workforce training.

She said it’s also critical that states adequately fund Medicaid, which pays for a large portion of long-term care in the U.S., so that healthcare organizations have the resources to raise wages.

NH Health Care Association President and CEO Brendan Williams, whose organization represents long-term care facilities, hopes to see a substantial Medicaid increase in the next state budget. He said some nursing homes are leaving beds or whole wings empty because they can’t staff them, resulting in county nursing homes with waitlists of over 100 people.

“If there were actual closures of facilities, I think that would capture some headlines,� Williams told NHPR. “But what we’ve seen is equivalent to the closure of several facilities.�

Moore said the rates the state pays for home-based supports, through a Medicaid-funded program known as Choices for Independence, are also too low. That makes it hard for agencies like hers to pay enough to attract and keep workers.

“There are actually a lot of people who want to do this work. As much as it’s challenging, it’s also super rewarding,� she said. “ … But no surprise, the pay is terrible.�

The Commission on Aging says it plans to make recommendations to the governor and Legislature in the upcoming legislative session. It has identified areas of focus that include upping the rates for home-based care, expanding tuition assistance and training opportunities, and better marketing direct care as a career.

This article is being shared by partners in the Granite State News Collaborative. For more information, visit collaborativenh.org.

Categories: News

Key points to consider as you approach retirement
Source:  NHBR Breaking News
Thursday, 01 December 2022 14:36

Bobbonfiglio4x6Retirement is one of the most important financial goals for many married couples. It’s something you may dream about and work hard to reach. But, even if you feel like you are on track in terms of meeting your financial objectives, there is an equally important factor to consider: Are you both on the same page about your vision and plans for retirement?

For example, what if your ideal experience in retirement is to travel, but your spouse is looking to stay local to be near family. Have conversations in advance of retirement to make sure you and your spouse are on the same page.

The years leading up to retirement are an important time to compare their ideas and see if there are any obvious conflicts. Among the different topics to address:

  • When you plan to retire: If one spouse wants to work longer than the other, that may be fine if the spouse who retires earlier can pursue other activities in the interim. But if your plans are dependent on being together, you’ll want to come to an agreement on when your actual retirement together will begin.
  • Where you plan to live: This is a critical issue that requires a mutual understanding. Will you stay in your current home or geographic location? Do you plan to spend winters in a warmer climate? What are your thoughts on living abroad? Make sure you have a plan that works for both of you.
  • Your vision of a retirement lifestyle: What will keep you occupied in retirement? Are there activities that you will both enjoy, or are you fine with pursuing aspects of retirement independently? The more you define this in advance, the better prepared you’ll be.

Don’t be alarmed if you and your spouse don’t have the exact same idea of how retirement should work for you. It isn’t unusual. What’s important is finding ways to come to an agreement. That may mean each side has to give a little to make it work.

Flexibility is also key. Once the reality of retirement sets in, either person’s viewpoint might change and that could affect your decisions. Be prepared for the potential that a medical event could alter your plans, as this is more likely to be a factor as you grow older. Your financial circumstances are also always a consideration. Have a discussion with your financial advisor about your retirement plans and try to have an agreed-upon strategy in place before you wrap up your working years.

Hands Holding Retire Plan Matching Jigsaw PiecesFilling a retirement savings gap

Are you on track to achieve your retirement savings goals? It’s important to establish a target savings amount and regularly make retirement plan contributions. It’s also vital to regularly check your progress so you know if you are on the right track. Should you determine that you are falling behind on your savings goals, it’s time to try to rectify the situation.

Any or all of the following solutions can help you overcome a retirement savings gap:

  • Boost your savings: The first option to make up for a retirement shortfall is to boost your savings. For example, if you set aside $200 more per month in your retirement accounts, that could add up to more than $63,000 in 15 years (assuming a 7 percent average annual return before fees and taxes). Find that money by reducing current living costs, particularly discretionary expenses. You may want to refinance your mortgage to reduce house payments or transfer balances on high interest credit cards to lower your monthly payouts. Be sure to take full advantage of an employer’s matching contribution to a workplace retirement plan if you have access to one.
  • Upgrade your investments: For most people, time is on their side when investing retirement assets. This provides flexibility to invest your money in a way that can generate a competitive return because you have time to overcome short-term market fluctuations. If your savings isn’t generating the return you expected, you may want to reassess your holdings and seek out a combination of investments that have the potential to earn a higher return within your tolerance for risk.
  • Move your retirement date: You can choose to take more time to meet your retirement savings goal. That might mean working longer than you initially expected and continuing to set money aside to close the savings gap. If you planned to retire in your 60s or earlier, you should have some room to maneuver. Assuming you are in good health, adding a year or two of work may be feasible.
  • Adjust your retirement expectations: If you are too close to retirement to make a significant dent in your retirement savings gap, you may need to adjust lifestyle expectations when you are done working. Take a closer look at your retirement income needs and determine where you can cut back on discretionary expenses in the years to come.
  • Look for help: Even if retirement is a long way off, you want to stay on top of your progress and make sure you are taking all of the steps you can to make your goals a reality. Talk to a financial advisor to help you assess where you stand and what you can do to avoid or erase a savings gap.

Keeping up with rising healthcare costs

For most of us, the reality of growing older means that medical issues will likely become a more common concern. As a result, healthcare can become a prominent expense in retirement. Medicare typically serves as the foundation of your health insurance later in life, as it starts at age 65. If you retire prior to age 65, you’ll find insurance coverage to be expensive, with significant, potential out-of-pocket costs.

For most, healthcare expenses become greater as they grow older. According to statistics compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation, annual health spending for the average woman is $11,694 for those ages 65 and up. This compares to average annual expenditures of $8,343 for those age 55-64, and $5,775 for women ages 45-54. Spending patterns are similar when comparing costs for those different age groups among men.

At the same time, changes in healthcare costs in general tend to outpace the standard rate of inflation. Rapidly rising healthcare costs can quickly eat away at your retirement savings as you age.

The reality is that while Medicare helps make health insurance much more affordable for older Americans, it is far from free. You will pay premiums for Medicare Part B (doctor’s visits and other care services). The premiums typically rise each year. If you choose Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage), there is an additional premium, but that should be offset by lower drug costs. You may also choose to purchase a Medicare Supplemental Insurance plan that could add hundreds of dollars to your monthly budget but limit other out-of-pocket expenses.

Good planning can help you prepare for the challenges posed by medical costs in retirement. Potential steps to address this issue include:

  • Reviewing your current savings strategy to make sure you are setting enough money aside to meet all of your expenses in retirement.
  • Enrolling in a health insurance plan that includes a Health Savings Account (HSA). Money saved in the account can grow on a tax-advantaged basis, and dollars you don’t use today can be applied toward healthcare expenses in retirement.
  • Earmarking a portion of your savings to specifically pay for medical costs in retirement, including insurance premiums and out-of-pocket expenses. This helps you avoid overspending in other areas and putting your future health coverage at risk.
  • Consider exploring long-term care insurance to determine whether or not it makes sense for your situation.

Be sure to consult with your financial advisor to learn more about the potential financial challenges you face with healthcare in retirement and to explore steps you should take today.

Bob Bonfiglio is a private wealth advisor and managing director with Rise Private Wealth Management, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. in Bedford. He can be contacted at bobbonfiglio.com or by calling 603-606-4255.

 

Categories: Banking and Finance, Finance

NHPR midday newscast for Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022
Source:  New Hampshire Public Radio
Thursday, 01 December 2022 12:22


Season Start
Source:  http://nutfieldnews.net
Thursday, 01 December 2022 11:20

Shea Fitzpatrick, 4, was excited to be able to have a chat with Santa Claus at the annual Very Derry Holiday celebration on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 26. Families were able to have their pictures taken with Santa at the Adams Memorial Opera House after the annual Holiday Parade. See more photos on page 8 and 9. Photo by Chris Paul

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Derry Looks at Adding Polling Location After Major Traffic Issue
Source:  http://nutfieldnews.net
Thursday, 01 December 2022 11:18

By Alex Malm

In the aftermath of over 12,000 voters heading to the polls in Derry during the November election, Town Moderator, Lisa Ann Hultgren, and Town Clerk, Cristina Guilford, briefed the Town Council during their Nov. 22 meeting.
“As you know we had over 12,000 Derry voters come out,” said Hultgren.
Hultgren said they had over 100 volunteers and poll workers during the election.
She stated the average voter was able to vote within seven minutes from the time they got out of their car to the time they got in their car to leave.
“Everyone was really well trained and prepared,” Hultgren said about the volunteers.
She also noted they had 815 new voters that registered on Election Day.
Guilford said about 60 percent of the registered voters voted in the election.
“It was a record turnout for Derry,” said Guilford.
Town Councilor, Brian Chirichiello, said he agreed that the election was ran efficiently
“I thought it was extremely efficient,” said Chirichiello.
However, he was concerned with issues raised about the amount of traffic.
“As an elected official I’m going to take that seriously,” said Chirichiello .
Chirichiello stated he wants to have a workshop meeting to look at having more than one polling location.
“I want to see the convenience for the voter,” said Chirichiello.
He said a few years ago he was the only town councilor that voted to have a second polling location.
“I still hold to that,” said Chirichiello.
Chirichiello said he heard from people who got tired of waiting in traffic and left. His concern is that it is seen as voter suppression.
“That’s a perceived thing that bothers me,” said Chirichiello.
Town Council Chairman, Joshua Bourdon, said he was impressed by the way the election ran once people got there, however, he was concerned about the traffic as well.
“Now we need to make it run like clockwork on the outside,” said Bourdon.
He said when voters go to vote they include the entire time.
“When people vote they think of it from the time they leave their house to the time they get back to their house,” said Bourdon.
Town Councilor, Erin Spencer, thought that they should have a workshop to see how they can mitigate traffic and other concerns.
“We do have to have a workshop to mitigate it as much as possible,” said Spencer.
Hultgren noted they need to find out when the elections will be soon so they can begin preparing.
“This is important, it’s time sensitive,” said Hultgren.
Spencer also noted they need to prepare for 100% turnout elections in the future.
Bourdon said they would create a committee to examine having more than one polling location.
“We can do better,” said Bourdon.
Bourdon said he was also appreciative of the people who were willing to work the polls.
“We recognize it’s not an easy time to be a poll worker in this country,” said Bourdon.

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