Shea-Porter Statement on NH Supreme Court Advisory Opinion on HB 1264
WASHINGTON, DC— Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) today released the following statement after the New Hampshire Supreme Court issued an advisory opinion on HB 1264:
“I am disappointed by this decision. Republican leaders in our state are trying to make it harder to vote, and that’s just wrong. During the weekend of December 9, 2017, Governor Sununu was asked about a bill that would require out of state students residing in New Hampshire to have a New Hampshire drivers license. The Governor said, ‘I hate it. I know what you’re talking about. I’m hoping that the Legislature kills it.’ When pressed if he would veto the bill, the Governor said, ‘I will never support anything that suppresses the student vote. End of Story.’
“I hope Governor Sununu will follow through on the promise he made to New Hampshire students and veto this undemocratic legislation. We need young people to stay in the Granite State after they graduate. By passing this bill, we are telling them that their voices are not welcome and they cannot participate in our government. It’s wrong, and it will hurt our state.”
“I found out yesterday about HB 372,” [Ben] Kremer says.
“What’s that one?” Sununu asks.
Kremer starts to reply: “It’s a bill that would require out of state students that are residing in New Hampshire currently to have a New Hampshire drivers license and ...”
Before he can finish, Sununu gestures for effect and interrupts with a strong, “No.”
“I hate it,” says the governor. “I know what you’re talking about.”
“That is great to hear,” says Kremer.
“I’m not a fan,” says Sununu. “I’m hoping that the legislature kills it. I’m not a fan at all.”
Kremer presses for an even more definitive answer. “Just for my personal security, could I get a ‘yes or no’ answer from you. If this bill ever reaches your desk or any bill similar to it that suppresses the student vote, will you say ‘no’ to it.”
Sununu is unequivocal: “I will never support anything that suppresses the student vote. End of story.”
Source: Sununu on video opposing GOP election reform law; Union Leader; December 11, 2017
Ben Kremer is a college student who asked the Governor about his position on legislation to require out of state students residing in New Hampshire to have a New Hampshire drivers license.