RELEASE: House Passes Legislation Restricting The Rights of Voters

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass multiple bills that restrict the right to vote, increase confusion in our election laws, and expend significant taxpayer money to increase government bureaucracy. House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff (D-Penacook) released the following statement after the votes:

“With all the problems facing our state and nation, it is extremely disappointing that restricting the right to vote continues to be a top priority within the Republican Party.  Legislation passed today by the Republican majority, including bills which affect the definition of ‘resident’ in hundreds of statutes and spend tax dollars shifting the enforcement of election laws from one office to another, do nothing to improve the way elections are run in our state make little sense policy-wise.”

“These proposals, which cost taxpayer money, add confusion, and increase bureaucracy in our election laws, are simply feel-good measures designed to placate conservatives who believe Donald Trump’s discredited assertion that voter fraud exists in New Hampshire.”

“As we know from the reports released following every single New Hampshire election, voter fraud is not an issue in our state.  It is past time for New Hampshire Republicans to stop chasing every ghost that President Trump tweets out, and instead work with Democrats on bipartisan proposals to modernize and improve our election process.”

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