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Man’s polling place resisting arrest conviction pardoned

December 20, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s Executive Council has approved the pardon of a man convicted of resisting arrest at a polling place in 2014.

New Hampshire Public Radio reports former Newmarket GOP Committee Chair Joe Barton’s conviction stemmed from an altercation he had with an investigator from the Attorney General’s office during the general election.

Barton had allegedly made verbal complaints about a voter’s eligibility at the poll. He told councilors at a hearing last week he believed his arrest was politically motivated.

The 3-2 vote Wednesday to approve the pardon was along party lines.

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Information from: WEVO-FM, http://www.nhpr.org/

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