Concord, N.H. – Last Friday, Governor Sununu said on MSNBC that he would “comply” with the request for personal voter information by President Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity. After signing off on the commission’s request for private data like Social Security information, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner said he would only authorize the release of public information, forcing Governor Sununu to change his position and recommend the same.
In addition to confidential personal information of voters being against the law to disclose, there are different rules for the acquisition of voter checklist information by state political parties and a federal presidential commission, as specified in RSA 645:31 of the New Hampshire state code.
NHDP Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement:
“The New Hampshire Republican Party’s eagerness to jump to President Trump’s defense is only second to Governor Sununu’s. In the vast majority of states, Republican leaders are standing up to this sham commission designed to make the President of the United States feel less empty, disenfranchise eligible voters, or both. Even here in New Hampshire, former NHGOP Chair Fergus Cullen has expressed his opposition to the decision to share our personal info with this commission and long time Republican legislator Neal Kurk is suing the state to halt what legal experts are calling an illegal act.
Instead of creating nonsensical arguments, the NHGOP should do the right thing and encourage Governor Sununu to stand up to Trump… just once?”