FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 10, 2018
Priorities USA Foundation Statement on HB 1264
Today, in response to the New Hampshire legislature’s final passage of HB 1264, Guy Cecil, Chairman of the Priorities USA Foundation, released the following statement:
“The time for choosing has come for Governor Sununu. With this student voter suppression bill heading to his desk, the governor faces a clear choice: uphold his promise to veto legislation that would restrict the voting rights of his constituents or betray thousands of students and low-income Granite Staters who wish only to participate in the civic life of their communities. And since Governor Sununu has stated that he would never support anything that suppresses the student vote, a veto of HB 1264 would be the bare minimum to maintain that pledge. If he truly wants to defend the voting rights of students, he should also call on the legislature to reverse the restrictions already put in place by SB 3, which he signed into law last year, and he should advocate for reforms that make it easier for New Hampshire residents to register to vote and cast their ballots.
As Governor Sununu considers this bill, the Priorities USA Foundation has been taking action to hold him accountable with a digital campaign directing voters to sign a petition calling on the governor to veto HB 1264 and the nearly identical HB 372. The petition also called on Sununu to support automatic voter registration and electronic poll books, reinforcing our demand that Sununu take affirmative action on behalf of his constituents’ right to vote. New Hampshire voters deserve a governor who will not only use his veto pen but also be a full-throated champion of this most fundamental right.”