Bill Gardner (politician)

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Bill Gardner
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Secretary of State of New Hampshire
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 1976
Governor Meldrim Thomson, Jr.
Hugh Gallen
Vesta M. Roy
John H. Sununu
Judd Gregg
Steve Merrill
Jeanne Shaheen
Craig Benson
John Lynch
Maggie Hassan
Preceded by Ed Kelly (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1948-10-26) October 26, 1948 (age 66)
Manchester, New Hampshire,
U.S.
Political party Democratic[1]
Alma mater University of New Hampshire,
Durham

Harvard University
London School of Economics
University of North Carolina,
Greensboro

William M. (Bill) Gardner (born October 26, 1948) is the current Secretary of State of New Hampshire. He is in charge of the department that oversees all general elections, primary elections, voter registration and recounts within the state, including the New Hampshire primary. He currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Public Advisory Board at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.[2]

He began his career in New Hampshire politics as a state representative and was elected Secretary of State in 1976 by the state legislature. He has been kept in office by both Democratic and Republican legislatures since then. He is the longest currently-serving Secretary of State in the United States.

Gardner has taken the lead in New Hampshire's policy towards "100% Paper Ballot" elections, in contrast to some states that use computerized voting systems without paper records of each vote.

A strong supporter of New Hampshire's standing as the 'first in the nation' primary state, Gardner wrote Why New Hampshire with the late former Governor Hugh Gregg in October 2003, detailing the history and significance of the New Hampshire Primary. He also appears in Winning New Hampshire, released in 2004.

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