Update: Bill Gardner Re-elected Secretary of State

New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner

Update, 3:25 p.m.: Secretary of State Bill Gardner has been re-elected to another term by the New Hampshire House and Senate. Gardner prevailed over Colin Van Ostern 209-205, with one “scatter” vote. With 415 legislators present and voting (House and Senate combined), 208 votes were needed for victory. Vote was by secret ballot. 

The process took two ballots and nearly three hours.  The first ballot was cast with 416 legislators present and voting; a simple majority, 209, would have been required for victory. On that ballot, Gardner finished one vote ahead of Van Ostern but one vote shy of a majority. On both first and second ballots, one legislator cast a “scatter” vote that did not apply to either candidate.