Sununu Nominated an Individual Who Admitted to Committing Voter Fraud to be a Judge While He Continues to Try to Prevent College Students from Legally Voting
Concord, N.H. --Today Pat Conway, Governor Sununu’s nominee for Superior Court judge, withdrew her nomination after she admitted to purposely voting in the wrong community, which prompted concern from a bipartisan majority of members on the Executive Council. While Sununu nominated an individual who admitted to breaking voting laws to be a Superior Court judge, he continues to try to prevent college students from exercising their legal right to vote. At an Executive Council hearing earlier this month, Executive Councilor Cinde Warmington questioned Conway about reports that in 2014, Conway voted in Atkinson, New Hampshire while she was a resident of Salem, New Hampshire, which Conway admitted. This prompted Councilor Warmington to ask the Attorney General to review Conway’s voting record, which was supported by Councilor David Wheeler (R-Milford). Conway withdrew her nomination after Councilors Warmington, Wheeler, and Joe Kenney (R-Union) voiced their opposition and concern to her nomination. “The entire nominating process for Pat Conway put Chris Sununu’s hypocrisy on full display. Sununu fully supported Conway even after she admitted to voting illegally, while he continues to double down on his efforts to make it harder for college students who live here and work here to vote in New Hampshire,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “While Sununu pushes voter suppression schemes to disenfranchise college voters who are simply trying to legally vote in New Hampshire, he’ll look the other way when his political allies and donors break the law.” Sununu nominated an individual who admitted to breaking voting laws while he continues to try to prevent college students from exercising their legal right to vote. Last month on NHPR’s The Exchange, Sununu was slammed by a local voting activist for breaking his promise to New Hampshire students three years ago and signing House Bill 1264 into law, which imposed new financial burdens on student voters. He has also refused to say whether he supports three new Republican-sponsored bills that would create further voting restrictions for New Hampshire residents. After the 2016 election, Sununu pushed Trump’s debunked claim about mass voter fraud in New Hampshire, he bragged to a conservative radio host that if he was able to take away young people's right to vote, Trump would “win by a landslide”, and in his inaugural address this year, he perpetuated Trump’s false claim of widespread voter fraud after the 2020 election.