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Elected Position

Duties of Position:    The Moderator has the duty to preside at the town meeting, decide questions of order and make a public declaration of every vote passed. The moderator may prescribe rules of procedure for the town meeting, appoint members-at-large to the budget committee if they are not elected, appoint members to fill mid-term vacancies on appointed budget committees and appoint an assistant moderator. The moderator oversees the election process from start to finish and must file a certification of election with the town clerk upon completion of the election that indicates the number of votes received by each candidate.

Responsibilities:    Preside over town meeting and town and state elections. Set appropriate rules of procedure, ensure compliance with the election procedure manual and other election laws.

Appointing Authority:   The Moderator is elected on every even-numbered year.

Length of Appointment:  The moderator is elected for a 2-year term.

Time Commitment:   Be available to serve on election day in a town, city, or state election, and to preside at town meeting.

Qualifications:     Eligible candidates include adults over the age of 18 who are U.S. Citizens and who reside in the town or city.

Support Provided:    Moderator training by the town, city or the NH Secretary of State. Attend trainings provided by the New Hampshire Municipal Association.