Durham, NH – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the House voting to concur with HB1672, relative to absentee voting, on a vote of 195-130. Following today’s vote, the bill will be sent to the governor.

“HB1672 is a democrat wishlist of partisan political agenda items masked as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Attorney General and Secretary of State have already issued guidance allowing absentee balloting in the primary and general election for those who have concerns voting in person due to COVID-19 ensuring all New Hampshire citizens are able to vote in the 2020 elections.”

“Spending CARES Act funds for brand new programs, such as online voter registration, is unacceptable and puts our state’s reputation of having clean and fair elections at risk. I am dismayed that House Democrats saw this as a valid use of CARES Act funds, and it is my hope Governor Sununu vetoes this bill.”