Tuesday marks 100 years since the New Hampshire Legislature passed, and the governor signed, legislation creating the state's presidential primary. Under that law, the state switched from a caucus system to a primary, and any potential delegate was allowed to be listed on a statewide ballot for election to the national convention. Candidates were permitted to sign up either as pledged to a particular presidential candidate or as uncommitted.
To mark the anniversary, Gov. Maggie Hassan, Secretary of State Bill Gardner and others are holding a public birthday celebration at the Statehouse. The celebration will include a special presentation by the family of Rep. Stephen Bullock, who wrote the original legislation.