Gov. Chris Sununu remained opposed to a new Republican voting reform bill Wednesday following a meeting with the leading proponent of the controversial measure, a spokesman told WMUR. Sununu met with state Sen. Regina Birdsell, R-Hampstead, who chairs the Senate Election Law and Internal Affairs Committee, to discuss Birdsell’s amendment to House Bill 372, which would essentially require someone to be a resident of the state, as opposed to someone who is merely domiciled in the state, in order to vote or run for office. The bill makes the change by changing definitions to make the terms “resident,” “inhabitant” and “domicile” consistent. The bill would change the eligibility requirements for voting and running for office in the state and would mean that students and others who claim New Hampshire as a domicile but are residents of other states could no longer vote in New Hampshire.
Voting rights activists have been praising Sununu since a YouTube video released Sunday by the New Hampshire Campaign for Voting Rights showed him stating strong opposition to the amendment, sponsored by Birdsell and fellow Republican Sen. James Gray.
View the video here.
Birdsell earlier in the week said that she hoped that the governor would reconsider his position after they met.