Bill Gardner (politician)

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Bill Gardner
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Gardner listening at an event in Wilton, NH, on August 7, 2005
New Hampshire Secretary of State
Incumbent
Assumed office
1976
Governor Meldrim Thomson, Jr.
Hugh J. Gallen
Vesta M. Roy
John H. Sununu
Judd Gregg
Steve Merrill
Jeanne Shaheen
Craig Benson
John Lynch
Maggie Hassan
Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
from the unknown district
In office
1973–1976
Personal details
Born (1948-10-26) October 26, 1948 (age 65)
Political party Democratic[1]
Alma mater University of New Hampshire
Graduate Study:
Harvard University
London School of Economics
University of North Carolina at 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.

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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