Concord, N.H. - Governor Sununu just signed his second voter suppression bill into law, HB 1264. His support and signature of the bill today marks a drastic change from his opinion on the legislation last December when he told a UNH student he "hates" the bill, "hopes the legislature kills it," and that he "will never do anything to suppress the student vote." Sununu also passed the voter suppression bill, SB 3 last year. It is currently being challenged in court.
HB 1264 fu
Concord, N.H. - Today, the New Hampshire Supreme Court issued an advisory opinion on HB 1264, voting 3-2 that the legislation is constitutional.
Governor Sununu has evolved significantly since this bill and its twin HB 372 were first introduced. Last December, Sununu was caught on camera saying he "hates" the bill and that he "will never do anything to suppress the student vote." He then spent months moderating his stance saying he didn't like it in "its current form," to sa
Concord, N.H. - Today, Governor Sununu said he would find it "hard not to sign" HB 1264, a bill that would restrict voting rights for eligible Granite Staters by imposing a modern day poll tax. This comes after Sununu vocally opposed the bill back in December, saying "I hate it," "it would never hold up in a court" and "I will never support anything that suppresses the student vote. End of story."
Ever since, the governor has been inching toward signing it, claiming to oppo
Concord, N.H. - Sununu's NHGOP celebrates their backward priorities behind closed doors Today, the New Hampshire Republican Party held a closed-door convention, mirroring the erosion of press access the Trump's administration has sadly become famous for in the last year and a half. While Governor Sununu's NHGOP has chosen to keep their business -- the people's business -- a secret, their radical record & over-the-top rhetoric have made New Hampshire Republican priorities quit
Concord, N.H. - Governor Sununu spent his State of the Sate speech painting his policies in broad strokes, but he failed to mention most of his record. Here's what Sununu avoided addressing today:
Governor Sununu conveniently forgot to mention the jobs New Hampshire lost under his watch. In 2017, Sununu's economy was 50th in the nation and New Hampshire lost jobs for the first time since the recession. New Hampshire was the only state in New England to lose jobs
Concord, N.H. - This morning, POLITICO reported that President Trump continues to push baseless voter fraud conspiracy, this time blaming his general election loss in New Hampshire on a lie about Connecticut and Massachusetts voters being bused into New Hampshire to vote.
NHDP Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement:
"Donald Trump's famously fragile ego is nothing new. I imagine he will lie about election results for the rest of his life, inspired by the same fear
Concord, N.H. - Tonight, President Trump announced that the sham "Presidential Committee on Election Integrity," run by Obama birther, known conspiracy-theorist and Breitbart columnist Kris Kobach, is being dissolved. This comes after months of silence, scandals and reprimands by federal judges on top of pending litigation filed against it by its own members. The commission paid New Hampshire a visit in September, preceded by Kobach accusing Granite Staters of voter fraud wit
Concord, N.H. - In response to pressure around the passage of HB372 through the Republican-controlled New Hampshire Senate today, Governor Chris Sununu said he opposes the bill "as it is currently written." NHDP Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement: "What was once firm opposition to HB372 is turning into Governor Sununu's favorite pastime: having it both ways on every issue. It's clear that Sununu's statement is a signal to Republicans, who would only have to make
Concord, N.H. - Today, the Republican-controlled New Hampshire Senate voted along party lines to pass HB372, the voter suppression legislation that would create a de facto poll tax by redefining residency in the state. Governor Sununu was pressured to oppose the bill after struggling to walk back his widely debunked voter fraud claims from the 2016 election. Sununu did, however, sign voter suppression legislation SB3 into law in July. The NHDP is currently suing the state to
Concord, N.H. - On Friday, Governor Sununu said he "hated" HB 372, a Republican-driven disenfranchisement bill that would force voters to declare residency upon registration, effectively a poll tax that would discourage legally eligible young voters from participating in democracy.
NHDP Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement:
"Governor Sununu realizes it's not politically viable for him to keep pushing voter disenfranchisement laws. Sununu continues to struggle to
Concord, N.H. - Today, an amendment to House Bill 372, authored by Republican Senators Regina Birdsell and Jim Gray, passed the Senate Election Law Committee on a 3-2 party-line vote. The bill would redefine "domicile" status for voting purposes, effectively forcing registrants to declare residency upon registering to vote, chilling the right to vote for college students in New Hampshire.
New Hampshire Republicans have previously argued that their voter disenfranchisement l
Concord, N.H. - Today, the Concord Monitor reported that Republican members of the House Election Law committee are contemplating further expanding voter fraud penalties in the 2018 legislative session. Last month, the Hillsborough County South Superior Court struck down the penalty provision of voter suppression law SB3, stripping the law of its teeth.
Despite lengthy, controversial, and successful efforts to pass these disenfranchising voter suppression laws, Republicans
Manchester, N.H. - Today, Trump's sham voting commission held their second ever meeting at St. Anselm College's New Hampshire Institute of Politics. The commission considered a proposal to run registered voters through Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms' NICS gun background check system. Commission member Ken Blackwell suggested that long lines at the polls were a "good strategy." And most offensively & absurdly, the commission head, Kris Kobach, again reasserted his claim
Nashua, N.H. - This morning, Hillsborough County Superior Court South put penalties for violating SB 3 on hold and granted both parties standing, siding with the New Hampshire Democratic Party on both key issues. The decision was a response to NHDP filing a preliminary injunction against the law. The case will now be heard in full, with both plaintiffs granted standing.
SB 3 would impose immense burdens on eligible New Hampshire voters, and is designed to have a disproportio
Concord, N.H. - With the imminent arrival of Trump's sham voting commission in New Hampshire next Tuesday, Republicans in the state are under pressure to satisfy Trump's ego, wounded from losing the popular vote in the nation and in New Hampshire. New Hampshire was the first state in the Trump era to pass a voter suppression law, and did so based on Republican-created myths of voter fraud rather than on the basis of any evidence. Yesterday, New Hampshire Speaker Shawn Jasper
Concord, N.H. - Today, New Hampshire's Republican House Speaker Shawn Jasper released information from a request he made of the Secretary of State's office for voter information. He selectively requested information about voters who registered with out-of-state licenses, an entirely legal and normal practice. Jasper's not-so-subtle implication is that these registrants are proof of out-of-state voters casting illegal votes in New Hampshire. They can easily be accounted for by
Concord, N.H. - Today, New Hampshire put Trump's sham Commission on Election Integrity request on hold after it was discovered that non-public voting information was included in the list the state was preparing to send over. Many of these non-public voters are domestic violence victims whose information is kept private for the sake of protection. The Trump commission request was already taken down a peg by the Hillsborough Superior Court, which told the state it could only pr
Concord, N.H. - Today, WMUR reported that President Trump's Commission on Election Integrity will be hosting their next meeting in New Hampshire at St. Anselm's New Hampshire Institute of Politics on September 12th. The commission is run by popular-vote denier Chris Kobach and has requested private, personal information of voters across the country, which was promptly rebuffed by the vast majority of states. NHDP Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement: "Trump's Elec
Concord, N.H. - Today, the New Hampshire Democratic Party filed a lawsuit with the Hillsborough County Superior Court on SB 3, the voter suppression law that was passed and signed into law this spring by a Republican legislative majority and Republican Governor Chris Sununu.
Legal issues with SB 3 include: Registering to vote requires a "verifiable act" to demonstrate intent to be domiciled in the state Legitimately domiciled voters could be denied the right to register by f
Nashua, N.H. - Today, the ACLU, Democratic Senator Bette Lasky and Republican Representative Neal Kurk settled with the state on a case that would have decided whether the Secretary of State's office was allowed to comply with the request for private and personal voter information from President Trump's Commission on Election Integrity. The settlement stated that the commission could receive the scanned hard copies of public voter checklists from 2006 through the 2016 electio