New Hampshire and Justice Department Reach First State Bailout Agreement


The State of New Hampshire and the United States Attorney General reached an agreement today that would grant a bailout for the ten towns and townships in the State that are subject to the preclearance requirements of the Voting Rights Act.  The agreement was submitted to a three-judge court in Washington, DC, and asks the court to wait thirty days to enter it, so that the towns can publicize the proposed settlement.  Campaign Legal Center Executive Director J. Gerald Hebert serves as legal counsel to the State of New Hampshire in his capacity as a solo practitioner.  New Hampshire becomes the first state to bailout since Congress changed the bailout requirements under the Voting Rights Act in 1982.

To read the joint motion to enter consent judgment and decree, click here. To read the proposed consent judgment and decree, click here.