Gov. Maggie Hassan says she is likely to veto a bill that would require a person to live in the state for at least 30 days before being able to vote. In a statement on Thursday, Hassan’s press secretary says the governor has “serious concerns” that this bill could violate the constitutional rights of New Hampshire citizens. This comes after activists and numerous lawmakers have put pressure on the governor this week to kill it.
Gilles Bissonnette of the American Civil Liberties Union says this requirement would make it harder for people to vote. “We have a lot of concerns that students as well as other groups of individuals would be affected by that law – that includes military personnel that frequently move, that includes hospital personnel,” he said after a press conference at the State House.
Sen. David Pierce of Lebanon , who also attended the press conference, says this requirement is politically driven. “In a democracy, the voters are the one that pick their representatives. The representatives don’t pass laws to pick their voters,” he told the crowd.