Concord, NH - After watching out of state Republican operatives appear to violate New Hampshire election law, New Hampshire Republican Leadership has applauded their reckless efforts instead of calling for them to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The individuals in the video may have violated New Hampshire state law (RSA 659:34) by making "a false material statement regarding his or her qualifications as a voter to an election officer," applying "for a ballot in a name other than his or her own," and giving "a false name or answer if under examination as to his or her qualifications as a voter before the supervisors of the checklist or moderator." [video]
House Majority Leader DJ Bettencourt took to twitter to defend the alleged out of state criminals last night. "Fascinating some want to prosecute individuals who had guts to prove our election system had huge hole in it. Didn't actually illegally vote," he wrote. Among those who believe these irresponsible individuals must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law include, the League of Women Voters, the New Hampshire Republican Party Chair, national election law experts, and officials from the cities of Manchester and Nashua.
"No member of the state House of Representatives should applaud individuals who have violated New Hampshire laws, let alone the Republican Majority Leader of the State House," said Harrell Kirstein, press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "These individuals interfered in New Hampshire citizens' fundamental right to vote, but instead of condemning their inappropriate behavior Republican Leadership has applauded the potentially criminal activity."
The unnamed individuals in the video used the identities of recently deceased New Hampshire citizens to commit their shameful scam. Relatives of those whose identities were exploited in the video called the scheme "horrendous," "awful," and adding that those involved "should be prosecuted."
"Republicans should be joining Democrats and members public in calling for these individuals to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The only way to preserve the sanctity of our elections it to enforce the laws prohibiting voter fraud," continued Kirstein.