Livestream/Zoom Link: https://dartgo.org/perkinsbass22
Perkins Bass Distinguished Lecture
Trusting Our Elections: Making Democracy Work Amid Election Deniers, Misinformation, and Stolen Election Conspiracies
Speaker: Bill Gardner
New Hampshire Secretary of State
(1976 - 2022)
Host: Russell Muirhead
Robert Clements Professor of Democracy and Politics
Co-Director, Political Economy Project
Former NH Secretary of State (1976 - 2022) Bill Gardner and Russell Muirhead have a discussion about student voting, rigged elections, and the status of New Hampshire’s First-in-the-Nation primary.
Born in New Hampshire, Bill Gardner followed his grandfather’s example and was elected three times to the House of Representatives from his home city of Manchester.
Elected secretary of state in 1976, at the age of twenty-eight--as a Democrat by a Republican legislature--he served in the position for nearly five decades. He was the youngest ever to hold the office, the longest to serve in it, and the first from the minority party to be elected by the majority.
He has an undergraduate degree from UNH, and graduate degrees from UNC-G and Harvard.
As secretary of state, he was responsible for administering and overseeing all state primaries and elections. He set the date for each presidential primary for nearly half a century. His position and his State House presence offered him a privileged window to witness the colorful and storied history of presidential primaries. He has a unique perspective on why--and how--New Hampshire has remained the first-in-the-nation primary state.
Rusell Muirhead teaches in the Government Department at Dartmouth College. He is now teaching classes on Race, Justice, and the Law and on Democratic Erosion. One of his favorite classes to teach over his career has been American political thought. He has written books on conspiratorial thinking in American politics, and on partisanship in America politics. Muirhead also represents Hanover and Lyme NH in the NH Legislature where he serves on the election law committee.