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RELEASE: Sununu Slammed For Breaking Promise to Voters and Supporting Republican Voter Suppression

Sununu Refused To Say Whether or Not He Supports Three New Voter Suppression Bills in the New Hampshire House

Concord, N.H. -- Governor Sununu was slammed on NHPR’s The Exchange 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 also refused to say whether he supports three new Republican-sponsored bills that would create further voting restrictions for students. In 2018 Sununu signed HB 1264 into law -- which requires every person who registers to vote in New Hampshire and who has a driver’s license or car to obtain a New Hampshire driver’s license and register their car in New Hampshire at significant expense -- after promising local voting rights activist Ben Kremer that he would not support the bill. Kremer called into the Exchange and gave Sununu an opportunity to oppose three new Republican-sponsored bills -- House Bills 429, 362, and 554 -- that would restrict students from voting, but Sununu refused to say whether or not he would support the bills. Not only has Sununu supported bills that would make it harder for students to vote, but Sununu has also been vocal about his blatant political voter suppression efforts. 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. “It's well known in New Hampshire and across the country that Chris Sununu has supported voter suppression efforts -- pushed by New Hampshire Republicans -- to prevent young people in New Hampshire from voting because they overwhelmingly oppose him and his policies that make college more expensive, health care less affordable, and prevent us from moving into a clean energy economy,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “But as we’ve seen in every election since 2016, Sununu and the Republican Party cannot stop young people from voting -- and these young people will continue to hold Sununu and Republicans accountable for their voter suppression schemes.”

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