Statement on HB 176 from Young Democrats of America and NH Young Democrats

Defending the Voting Rights of Young People

The Young Democrats of America (YDA) and the New Hampshire Young Democrats (NHYD) strongly oppose efforts by Republicans in the New Hampshire legislature to disenfranchise young voters across the state.

HB 176, which is backed by Speaker Bill O'Brien, would prevent students and members of the armed forces from voting in the town where they study or serve.  The legislation is clearly in conflict with previous court rulings, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Constitutional rights should never be at risk because of partisan politics,” said Rod Snyder, YDA Presient.  “Republican lawmakers in New Hampshire are undermining basic democratic principles.  They are trying to create a scenario where politicians choose their voters rather than the other way around.”

“Instead of focusing on the economic issues they were elected to address, the Republican majority in the New Hampshire House of Representatives is working to stop many Granite Staters from voting,” said Kaili Lambe, NHYD President.  “Speaker O’Brien’s recent statement that ‘kids are voting liberal, voting their feelings, with no life experience’ is not only offensive but reveals the true political motivations behind HB 176.” 

On Thursday, February 24th, the House Election Law Committee will hold a hearing on the disenfranchisement bill. The New Hampshire Young Democrats are mobilizing young people of all political persuasions to testify against this undemocratic proposal.