NHDP Statement: NH Senate Republicans pass SB3, eroding voting rights without evidence of voter fraud

Concord, N.H. – Today, Republicans in the NH Senate voted to pass SB3 on a 14-9 party-line vote. This bill violates the United States and New Hampshire constitutions by requiring voters to perform a “verifiable act” like buying a home in order to vote, and polices voting by sending government agents to voters’ homes to check their papers. The bill also creates a de facto “literacy test” and would slow voter registration lines to a crawl with lengthy and complicated new registration forms. Eligible voters who simply fail to return to the polls with proof of residency within 10 days, or who aren’t able to secure third-party verification of their eligibility, will be subject to a $5,000 fine and criminal prosecution.

NHDP Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement:

“Today’s vote on SB3 is the latest attempt by Republicans to strip Granite Staters of their voting rights. This bill cynically targets the most vulnerable citizens whose lives aren’t neat and tidy enough to fit Republicans’ narrow idea of who should be eligible to vote in our state. SB3 would even require some domestic violence victims to seek the approval of their abuser in order to vote.

This bill erodes the rights of eligible voters as part of a larger strategy by Republicans across the country to win elections by suppressing the vote of students, the elderly, and low income citizens. For the last three months, Governor Sununu and President Trump have peddled an absurd lie about voter fraud that is designed to weaken faith in our voting system, while presenting absolutely zero evidence that voter fraud is taking place. At best, this bill is a solution in search of a problem. At worst, SB3 is a cynical maneuver to make it harder for New Hampshire citizens to vote.”

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