New Hampshire Grassroots Group Gets Machine Vote Counting Removed From 30 Municipalities for Future Elections

A New Hampshire group called the Marigold Coffee Club was able to defy the odds and take dozens of municipalities back to hand counting of their votes.

QUICK FACTS:
  • According to a recent report by Human Events, a New Hampshire group called the Marigold Coffee Club was able to revert 30 municipalities in the state back to hand-counting their votes. 
  • The group was able to get referendums through in 20 cities, towns, and villages in the state to trigger the changes due to old-fashioned signature gathering on the part of the grassroots group.  
  • The Marigold group organized their efforts to remove the machines after the election audit that took place in the wake of the 2020 presidential elections. 
  • The audit was highly controversial and found that there was a roughly 10 percent discrepancy in vote counts due to machine error.
  • Marigold group referred to a legal provision that allows for “warrant articles” that gives those who collect signatures from enough town residents where an issue has arisen, to trigger the referendum automatically.
  • “This has been a collaborative effort that started back at the end of August with conception and launched publicly in September. We were able to get cooperation from people from all walks of life and across the entire state,” says Marigold founder Felisa Blazek. 
WHAT ELSE SHOULD YOU KNOW:
  • The Marigold group was able to get the referendums banning machine counting in elections passed in at least 30 municipalities, with more potentially changing soon. 
  • The Tuesday deadline saw several large areas, including New Hampshire’s largest city, Manchester, meet the necessary deadline to do away with the automated counting.
  • Blazek was quick to say that “Everybody was fighting for their rights. People just came together. What was really inspiring and magical was what happened once people realized that this was truly attainable.”
BACKGROUND:
  • New Hampshire’s voting changes came on the heels of a hotly contested presidential election that caused conservatives nationwide to doubt election integrity.
  • Currently, it’s estimated that 55 percent of Americans support reforming the election system that was used during the 2020 presidential election, according to Medaite.