House Leaders Comment on Override of Voter Registration Forms Veto

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader Pete Silva (R-Nashua) today released the following statement on the override of the Governor’s veto of Senate Bill 318, which modifies voter registration to pre-2007 forms and makes clear to voters that only domiciled New Hampshire citizens can vote in our elections. The House overrode the bill 232 to 110, within the necessary 2/3rds of members present and voting.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“It is now clear that in order to vote in New Hampshire one must be a resident of New Hampshire. That’s both common sense and easy to understand. No explanation beyond a desire for non-New Hampshire voters to participate in New Hampshire elections can adequately explain why the Governor chose to veto this reasonable bill. We are pleased we were able to pass override the veto and uphold the House position today. Each candidate for Governor needs to clearly explain to voters his or her position whether voting in New Hampshire should be limited to New Hampshire residents.”

House Majority Leader Pete Silva

“There is no reason we shouldn’t be informing voters that they can only be domiciled in one place and can only vote in one city, town or state in a given election. By overriding the Governor’s veto today we have ensured more information and transparency in our voting process which will help to deter voter fraud and support integrity in New Hampshire elections.”