By STEPHEN LUDWICK
For the Monitor
Saturday, July 22, 2017
To my Republican Party: I don’t have time to educate your people. Start campaigning. Stop
complaining. Don’t disrupt the polling place. Use the proper forms to challenge a voter.
Read the laws.
Don’t run crying to WMUR, whose political reporting is about as accurate as their weather
Don’t cry to the attorney general without following the correct process. It’s embarrassing to
him when he makes a statement to the press and then finds
out he had the wrong
One of your poll watchers, Joseph, came into my polling place in Concord’s Ward 9 on July
18 with a chip on his shoulder, believing he was going to expose a rampant den of voter
fraud in an elderly housing project. He proceeded to question the process from the
beginning. He should have read the laws so he knew what he was talking about.
I gave him a convenient place to be an observer and chairs to sit in. He abused that
location and interrupted the election process, so I moved him out front, which is where he
should have been in the first
He then demanded, in the middle of the polling place, that I take a picture of two
voters who my chairperson of the supervisors of the checklist had verified
as eligible to
vote. I said no. He demanded again, saying that my supervisor could not verify identity.
I invited him to go read the law, and he later said to me, “Oh, Steve, I checked the law and
you were right.” That was two more times he disrupted the election-day process. He should
get some training before stepping into the role of challenger again.
I called Jeanie Forrester and explained that I had no problem with the other four people at
the polls, but that I wanted Joseph removed. She said she would take care of it
immediately, and she did. When she spoke with WMUR, she said I was annoyed. I was
much more than annoyed, and she knew it. I was appalled that any party would disrupt the
I know it would be a feather in your cap and the attorney general’s cap to show how
unscrupulous, elderly Havenwood residents are committing voter fraud, but you should
probably look further than your staunch Republicans at the nursing home. My party’s
actions are alienating those voters who are the remains of the Old Guard.
Believe me when I say that you are barking up the wrong tree. These residents may be
feeble in body but their minds are sharp as a tack – and you would not want to get into a
political debate with any of them. They would bury you.
I will meet with you, discuss with you or debate you on the proper polling place process.
Until then, have a great day and please: If you, as my party, are going to survive, start
campaigning without the drama and by talking to the people.
Come on, really? 284-82? And you think you put any effort
into this campaign?
(Stephen Ludwick, a Republican, is the moderator of Ward 9 in Concord.)