CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today, the Special Committee on Redistricting will hold their next meeting at the Lancaster County Superior Courthouse at 6PM where a remote option for testimony will not be possible. Deputy House Democratic Leader and Ranking Member on the Special Committee on Redistricting and the House Election Law Committee Rep. David Cote (D-Nashua) released the following statement:
“When the redistricting committee meets tonight in Coos County for the purpose of hearing the concerns of citizens, Granite Staters will continue to be disenfranchised from a process that lacks a remote option for citizens to testify. Immunocompromised people, working people, young families, caretakers, and everyone in between deserve the opportunity to speak to their elected officials in a convenient and dependable virtual process that the legislature itself was utilizing just last year.
In all sessions thus far, the public has been firm in its request for a fair redistricting process which is as non-partisan as possible. We continue to believe that this request should be granted.
After tonight’s meeting, listening sessions will have been held in half of NH counties, covering nearly 700,000 Granite Staters. By denying the opportunity for constituents to testify remotely during a global pandemic, Republicans are restricting the people’s ability to weigh in on an issue critical to determining the next 10 years of democracy in the Granite State. Democrats once again urge that Granite Staters be given a remote option.”