Woodsville sanctioned over electioneering

WOODSVILLE—There is another entry in what has been an unusual town meeting season after accusations of unlawful electioneering were reported to the New Hampshire Department of Justice, which enforces state elections laws.
The first complaint made to the DOJ has been addressed. The DOJ determined that a letter written and mailed to Woodsville residents constituted two counts of unlawful electioneering by Woodsville Fire District Administrator Kevin Shelton.
On March 3, NH Deputy Attorney General Jane Young sent a letter ordering the Woodsville Fire District to “cease and desist” engaging in further electioneering activities. According to the letter, the DOJ received a complaint that Shelton violated New Hampshire’s electioneering statute.