CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Representative David Cote (D-Nashua), the Ranking Democrat on the House Election Law Committee, released the following statement after House Republicans voted to kill HB 203, legislation that would remove partisan politics from the redistricting process.
“It is disappointing, though not surprising, that House Republicans have again rejected the idea of removing partisan politics from the redistricting process. The Republican Party has used redistricting as a tool to build artificial legislative majorities in state offices for years, particularly following the 2010 census when the process was controlled by former House Speaker Bill O’Brien,” said Representative Cote. “One needs to look no further than the 2012 State Senate election, when Republicans gained a 13-11 majority despite losing the popular vote, as evidence that partisan politics – not the interest of New Hampshire voters – is the overriding goal when Republicans control the process.”
Representative Cote continued, “Partisan redistricting plans usually end up in court with protracted legal battles that cost taxpayers money. The people of New Hampshire deserve legislative districts that are determined by common interests like geography, municipal services, and school districts, not by one political party’s attempt to gerrymander themselves into an artificial majority.”
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