For Immediate Release
July 16, 2018
EMILY's List Statement on Governor Chris Sununu Signing Bill to Restrict Voting Rights
Washington, D.C. — New Hampshire's Republican Governor, Chris Sununu, signed House Bill 1264, a bill targeting the rights of young voters by changing the residency requirements for New Hampshire voters. Julie McClain Downey, EMILY's List senior director of campaign communications, released the following statement in response:
“By signing House Bill 1264, Governor Chris Sununu has violated Granite Staters' trust and threatened the rights of thousands of New Hampshire voters. This bill is politically motivated and meant to disenfranchise college students and military personnel. Any attempt to paint it as anything else is fiction. Governor Sununu’s support for this legislation proves he will always put his own politics ahead of the people of New Hampshire. As governor, Molly Kelly will work to protect and expand voting rights — not disingenuously limit access to the ballot box. Sununu must be replaced.”
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