The rewritten Senate Bill 43 was approved by all 20 members of the committee, according to local ABC affiliate WMUR9.
Calls for an investigation reportedly started after a recount of the Rockingham District 7 caused seven of the eight candidates to gain 300 votes and one to lose 99 votes.
In February, the state’s attorney general’s office announced it would review the matter.
The amended version of the bill, which will still need to be approved by the House and the Senate before going into effect, will require a “hand counting [of] 4 separate sets of ballots from the Rockingham county district 7 state representative race.” Results from ballot-counting machines and the results of the hand counting will be compared in order to ascertain whether there were any issues with the area’s voting technology.
The audit will not constitute a new recount of the election and, as such, will not change the election’s results. The bill specifies that the process would be done in public and livestreamed for observing purposes.
“I urge all of my colleagues on this very important bill, for Windham, for New Hampshire, to support ‘ought-to-pass.'” Rep. Maureen Mooney, the legislator who put forward the measure, said.