NH House Leaders Comment on Governor Not Signing Voter ID Fix

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader Pete Silva (R-Nashua) today released the following statement in response to news that House Bill 1354 passed into law without the Governor’s signature. HB 1354 aimed at fixing the affidavit requirement in the recently passed voter ID law, which was an issue the Governor Lynch had indicated he wanted to see addressed.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“It’s disappointing the Governor didn’t have the wisdom to sign this good bill into law. He said he had issues with voter ID, we fixed them, and he still chose not to show his support. Once again the Governor has shown a complete lack of leadership. We hope all candidates for governor plan to lead from ahead and not behind if elected.”

House Majority Leader Pete Silva

“The vast majority of New Hampshire voters will be disappointed to learn that in one of his last acts on legislation, this Governor has chosen not to act on this common sense solution to the pressing need to ensure honest elections. We need to protect the integrity of the ballot box and ensure the ‘one man, one vote’ principle. These actions will help improve the validity and equality of our election system while we join the 30 other states who have voter ID laws.”