SOS OFFICE BRIEFING NEEDLESSLY ALARMIST ON COMMONSENSE HR 1 ELECTION LAW REFORMS



CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRERepresentative David E. Cote (D-Nashua), the Ranking Democrat on the House Election Law Committee, released the following statement after attending a briefing by the Secretary State’s Office on federal election law reform legislation, HR 1:


“If the Secretary of State’s Office has concerns about how HR 1 – federal legislation – would apply to New Hampshire, they should discuss those concerns as part of the legislative process, rather than trying to frustrate appropriate attempts to combat voter suppression and expand access to the ballot box.”


“The photo ID provision in HR 1 is nearly identical to the process New Hampshire currently uses, and the proposed expansion of absentee voting was implemented with tremendous success in New Hampshire in the 2020 election. Today’s presentation was needlessly alarming to local officials tasked with running our elections. HR 1 improves elections nationwide, and it is unfortunate that the Secretary of State’s Office needs to be dragged into implementing commonsense, 21st century election law reforms.”


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