Democrats Condemn Republican Vote to Override Governor’s Veto of Legislation that will Suppress Voter’s Rights
Concord, NH – Representative David Pierce, of Etna and a member of the House Election Law Committee, issued the following statements after the Republican majority voted to override Governor Lynch’s vetoes of SB 289, the voter ID bill, and SB 318, voter registration.
“The integrity of the voting system in New Hampshire will be compromised with this legislation and qualified voters could very well be denied their right to vote,” stated Representative Pierce. “Those voters who do not have photo identification could be disenfranchised at the polls. This bill will also cost New Hampshire money – money that we do not have – to provide cameras to the city and town clerks so they can take each voters’ mug shot, for education efforts for the voting public, and other costs associated with this legislation.”
“SB 318 also calls our elections into question. It confuses voting rights with motor vehicle law by changing the voter registration form in a way that interchanges the terms ‘domicile’ and ‘resident’ even though these terms have distinct legal meanings and legal implications.”
“Both of these bills seek to address real concerns about our election system, but they will each result in chaos at the polls and deny qualified voters their fundamental, constitutional right to cast a ballot.”