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  1. September 10, 2021

    Deadly Virus May Excuse NH Virtual Votes, Full 1st Circ. Hints

    The full First Circuit on Friday suggested the New Hampshire House speaker may not be immune from a suit challenging his ban on virtual votes during the COVID-19 pandemic, with one judge saying lawmakers were effectively "ousted with the threat of death."

  2. July 20, 2021

    NH Dems Say Immunity Claim Overblown In Virtual Voting Suit

    New Hampshire Democrats told the full First Circuit on Monday that the state's Republican House speaker is wrongly claiming "absolute" legislative immunity to avoid allegations he violated federal disability laws by not letting lawmakers cast votes virtually during the pandemic.

  3. June 02, 2021

    Full 1st Circ. To Decide If NH Speaker Can Bar Virtual Votes

    The full First Circuit will reexamine a panel ruling that said the speaker of the New Hampshire House could be sued for refusing to allow virtual votes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  4. April 09, 2021

    NH Speaker Not Immune From Suit Over Virtual Vote Ban

    The speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives isn't immune from a suit challenging his ban on virtual votes during the COVID-19 pandemic, the First Circuit said Thursday, reviving federal claims by older Democratic lawmakers in the Granite State.

  5. April 05, 2021

    1st Circ. Says Vaccines Might Make NH Virtual Vote Suit Moot

    The First Circuit on Monday questioned whether New Hampshire state legislators waited too long to challenge the House speaker's rule prohibiting virtual votes during the COVID-19 pandemic, since most of the challengers are or soon will be vaccinated against the virus.

  6. March 26, 2021

    NH Speaker Tells 1st Circ. Reps. Can't Force Virtual Votes

    The speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives told the First Circuit Thursday that one of the members cannot force the chamber to conduct voting virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic since legislative immunity bars challenges to how the chamber functions.

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