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Fosters: Rochester mayor, manager say vote-counting machines will remain in place

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Experts disagree on whether city governments in New Hampshire could end the use of vote-counting machines for elections on their own. Rochester’s city manager and mayor are making it clear they have no intention of doing that anyway, despite a citizen petition requesting it.

Mayor Paul Callaghan said he wants city voters to be reassured that the AccuVote counting machines are accurate, and a process is in place to keep it that way.

Callaghan said Tuesday the machines are inspected before and after an election.

“We just had three recounts (from November elections), two in Ward 4, and one in Ward 2,” said Callaghan. “That’s 33% of our wards. The result was 99% accuracy. The recounts did not really change anything. I believe our machines are accurate.”

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