Republican Lawmakers Backpedal on Popular Absentee Ballots

3-18-2021

Voters from across political spectrum utilized access to absentee ballots last Fall, yielding record turnout

CONCORD- Today, the State Senate voted on party lines to kill SB 47, which would have made access to absentee ballots for every voter permanent. This comes a week after Governor Sununu advocated on NHPR’s program “The Exchange” to roll-back access to absentee ballots, despite his own assertions and bipartisan agreement that our election last fall was one of the safest, most secure, and accessible elections ever.

Following the vote, the NH Campaign for Voting Rights released the following statement:

“Last fall, Granite State voters from across the political spectrum seized on the opportunity to vote by absentee ballot as a result of COVID. The result? A safe, secure and successful election with record breaking turnout. We should not backpedal on this progress.

“No one benefits when politicians work to restrict access to our democracy by weaponizing lies of voter fraud or voter intent for political gain. Granite Staters deserve common sense solutions like absentee voting expansion to ensure that every eligible voter can vote safely and securely in every election.”

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The New Hampshire Campaign for Voting Rights is a coalition of state and national advocacy organizations, voters, attorneys and watchdog organizations working to ensure and preserve the right to vote for every Granite Stater, and is a project of America Votes New Hampshire.