New Hampshire lawmakers slam ‘political pawns’ attempting to remove Trump from primary ballot

by Summer Lane

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A slate of New Hampshire officials has sent a formal letter to the office of New Hampshire Secretary of State David Scanlan, pressuring him to act to protect election integrity ahead of the 2024 presidential primary.

The letter was signed by more than 80 New Hampshire lawmakers. In it, they made a case to protect President Donald Trump from “political attacks” aimed at removing his name from the primary ballot.

“President Donald J. Trump is once again at the forefront of political attacks, this time by those who are attempting to disqualify the former President from appearing on New Hampshire’s primary ballot by weaponizing Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment against him,” the letter stated.

Over the past few weeks, political adversaries of the 45th president have made rumblings about attempting to remove his name from primary ballots in 2024, citing his alleged role in the so-called “insurrection” of Jan. 6, 2021, as a reason to do so.

As reported by RSBN, Sen. Corky Messner, R-N.H., recently met with Secretary of State Scanlan to discuss whether Trump had tried to “overturn” the 2020 election results and whether that would disqualify him from the ballot.

Apparently, word of this meeting has not gone over well with many New Hampshire Republicans. The letter continued, “Since 1920, New Hampshire has been a state that prides itself on being the First-in-the-Nation to hold their primary elections and setting the stage for the rest of the country. But that status is now in jeopardy because of an absurd conspiracy theory to deny President Trump, the current front-runner in New Hampshire, from being on the ballot.”

They argued that there was “no legal basis for these claims to hold up in any legitimate court of law” and noted that the theory was based in “fraud” and meant to “affront democracy and disenfranchise voters and the former president.”

Further, the letter pointed out that the New Hampshire legislature was now tasked to stand with NH GOP Chairman Chris Ager to ensure that Republican candidates in the primary were not denied the opportunity to be on the ballot.

They concluded, “The patriots in New Hampshire took a stand in 1776 when they were the first state to declare independence from Great Britain. Now it is time for the great leaders of the Granite State to ensure that their constituents have access to a free and fair primary election by standing against the misinterpretation and politicization of our Constitution.”

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