House Republican Leader Responds to Vote to Sustain Governor’s Vetoes of HB105 & HB106

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to sustain Governor Sununu’s vetoes of HB105, relative to domicile residency, voter registration, and investigation of voter verification letters, and HB 106, relative to the terms “resident,” “inhabitant,” “residence,” and “residency.”

“The vetoes of HB 105 and HB 106 show NH residents that Governor Sununu is committed to ensuring election integrity in our state, and today the House stood behind that commitment by sustaining his vetoes. HB106 seeks to repeal common sense legislation that the State just enacted in 2018. Just in 2018, the NH Supreme Court issued an advisory opinion on HB1264 stating there is nothing unconstitutional about requiring individuals to make a choice as to where they are residents.”

“Similarly, HB105 seeks to repeal much of what the State passed in SB3. In a state where numerous elections have been decided by just a handful of votes, it is important to make sure that every ballot cast by an eligible voter is counted, and the domicile loophole is closed.”

“HB1264 and SB3 did not make us any different from our neighboring states. In this past election, there were no reports of any voters being disenfranchised by the new requirements. In fact, voter turnout in college towns made records. Although I am disappointed that my colleagues do not agree that any person who casts a ballot in our state are subjected to the same rules, I am pleased that the House was able to sustain the Governor’s veto and Republicans were united on these important bills that are detrimental to our election process and allow for the unequal treatment of voters.”