REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: Moderators Traditional Town Meeting Workshop

Saturday, February 4, 2023 - 9:00am to 1:30pm

 2023 Town & School Moderators Workshops -Traditional Town Meetings

    This workshop will be held in hybrid format: In person attendance and/or virtual attendance option
    In person attendance - 25 Triangle Park Drive Concord, NH.  In person attendance is limited to 60 people.

     Virtual Attendance via Zoom

      Registration Fees:  $65.00 (in-person) and $55.00 (virtual)

     8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast


Attendees will receive an electronic copy of NHMA's  2022-2023 edition of the Town Meeting and School Meeting Handbook and Supplement.  Additional materials such as the PowerPoint presentation will also be distributed electronically. No print outs of the materials or hard copy of the publication will be provided. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.  If you register but cannot attend, a recording of the workshop will be provided as long as payment has been received. Refund of the full registration fee will be made if cancellation notification is received 48 hours in advance. Cancellation less than 48 hours in advance, including no-shows, will result in you being charged the full cost of the workshop.

Questions? Please contact us at 603-230-3350 or

February 4, 2023

Traditional Town Meetings


 9:00 am - The Fundamentals of Town and School District Meeting For Traditional Town Meetings
A review of the law governing the annual meeting and the role of the moderator at town, village district and school district meetings.  This presentation will cover the presentation, debate, amendment and voting on warrant articles, with special attention paid to the operating budget and voting on bond articles.  Attention will also be paid to essential statutes, postponement, electioneering, and related First Amendment and Right-to-Know Law issues.  Topics on how to handle difficult people and disruptive events at public meetings will also be covered. 
Stephen Buckley, NHMA Legal Services Counsel, William J. Phillips, NHSBA Staff Attorney & Director of Policy Services, Jonathan Cowal, NHMA Municipal Services Counsel
10:30 am - Break
10:40 am – Election Law Update & Practical Tips for Elections -Lessons learned at the General Election  

An update on election law changes and practical ways to comply with new laws and still run an efficient official ballot session. 
Natch Greyes, NHMA Government Affairs Counsel, Cordell Johnston, Town of Henniker Moderator
11:20 am - Ballot Counting Device Update
Presentation on the status of an alternative to the AccuVote Tabulator.

Pete Basiliere, Milford Town & School District Moderator

12:00 noon - Break

12:10 pm - Hypotheticals
Break-out sessions for review and answering hypothetical situations that moderators might face.
1:30 pm - Workshop ends