ICYMI: Chris Sununu Inducted Into Voter Suppression Hall Of Shame
In case you missed it, Let America Vote, a national voting rights organization, inducted Gov. Chris Sununu into the Voter Suppression Hall Of Shame for his aggressive efforts to restrict the right to vote.
Sununu has certainly earned this dishonor for trying to rig elections for himself and the Republican party. Sununu signed into law bills targeting college students’ right to vote. This year, Sununu vetoed a bill to get rid of his poll tax and a bill that would have established an independent redistricting committee.
In an appearance with Howie Carr, Sununu brazenly admitted the reason for his voter suppression is to swing elections towards Republicans. Sununu said if the state were to remove college towns like Hanover and Durham, “Trump and Ayotte would win by a landslide…it’s not even close.”
Trump and Sununu use the same talking points to perpetuate the myth of Trump spouted that Democrats bussed voters in from Massachusetts in 2016. The Secretary of State’s Office and the state’s Department of Justice debunked his claims. Politifact even called his claims “ridiculous” and rated it “pants on fire.”
Read more about how Chris Sununu earned his induction into the Voter Suppression Hall Of Shame:
America Votes: Let America Vote Inducts New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu Into Voter Suppression Hall Of Shame
This year, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has carried on the voter suppressing work of his Granite State GOP colleagues by vetoing multiple pro-voter bills.
In 2017 and 2018, New Hampshire GOP legislators passed bills that disenfranchised voters across New Hampshire. Those bills raised unnecessary barriers to voting and will require students to pay a poll tax in order to vote. Gov. Sununu signed the bills into law even though he said he “hated” a similar bill, which redefines residency and revokes the voting rights of thousands of students who live in New Hampshire.
After New Hampshire Democrats took control of both the state House and Senate in 2018, they passed passed bills (HB 105, HB 106, SB 67) that would repeal the restrictive voting measures enacted by Republicans. Instead, Gov. Sununu vetoed the bills, therefore keeping in place a modern-day poll tax for New Hampshire voters.
Gov. Sununu also vetoed HB 706, a bill with broad bipartisan support to establish an independent redistricting commission. Gov. Sununu vetoed the bill even though it would have prevented extreme partisan gerrymandering.
Not only has Gov. Sununu stonewalled bills seeking to prevent voter suppression, he also vetoed four bills that would promote free and fair elections. The four election reform bills (SB 156, SB 68, HB 504, SB 106) would have improved campaign finance reform and increased transparency in elections.