Mr. Gardner has been overseeing Granite State voting since Dec. 2, 1976, a week before Stacey Abrams’s 3rd birthday.
The longest-serving secretary of state in U.S. history, he’s an institution, famous for his apolitical commitment to the state’s constitution and its first-in-the-nation primary.
It isn’t only that Mr. Gardner vehemently opposes his party’s H.R.1 bill, which would federally impose procedures such as early and absentee voting on the states.
“Just because you make voting easier, it does not raise turnout automatically,” Mr. Gardner told the committee.
In the hearing and in a subsequent interview with me, Mr. Gardner explained that some of these rules are part of the state’s constitution.
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