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NH Senate Republicans Work to Protect NH's Elections 

Another View -- Regina Birdsell: Voter residency requirements strengthen NH elections

New Hampshire has the distinct honor of hosting the first-in-the-nation presidential primary every four years and is considered a swing-vote state, with four highly coveted and tightly contested Electoral College votes and a deep purple voting history.

Our voters pride themselves as independent voices who maintain objectivity between political parties when they enter the voting booth and as a result, we see high voter-turnout. We value our position in our nation’s politics and realize the importance of each vote cast by a New Hampshire resident.

The excitement generated by our elections in New Hampshire, and the first-in-the-nation primary in particular, draw people who want to participate. As a result, we’ve seen instances of ‘drive-by-voter’ fraud when individuals who are not domiciled residents, and who have no intent to live or reside in our state for any length of time cast a vote in the town of their choosing. These voters are committing fraud because they believe that their votes truly matter in New Hampshire, and frankly, there are few measures in our law to prevent this practice.

For this reason, the Senate passed a bill that would establish a 30-day voter residency requirement to be eligible to vote in a New Hampshire election.

This legislation serves to guarantee the integrity of elections, allowing New Hampshire residents to be the ones affecting change in the communities they are invested in. If we value the integrity of our voting system in New Hampshire, we need to ensure that there are measures in place guaranteeing that the person in the booth next to you is a committed resident of the state and an invested member of the community he or she resides in.

This legislation was drafted with the support of Secretary of State William Gardner who believes it would not hinder or dissuade voters, but rather, serve to protect the integrity of our state’s elections. In addition, a WMUR Granite State Poll, released in July 2015, 57 percent of all New Hampshire voters supported a 30-day voter residency requirement across party lines, and only 28 percent opposed this measure.

While we invite members of the media, the campaigns, and interested residents of other states to come and participate by viewing, sign-waving, and engaging in most of the activities that surround our elections, voting must be limited to people who actually live here. I hope the Legislature will support this bill because it is a reasonable common-sense step that will protect the integrity of New Hampshire elections.

Sen. Regina Birdsell of Hampstead chairs the Senate Public and Municipal Affairs Committee.

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Drive-by voting: Saving NH elections for NH voters

With the first-in-the- nation primary just two weeks away, political tourists from across the country are flocking to New Hampshire to witness our peculiar election tradition firsthand.

Some are even taking part, asking questions at campaign events, or even knocking on doors in support of their favorite candidate. We’re happy to have them. We just don’t think that out-of-state visitors should be able to vote in New Hampshire.

Democrats at the State House disagree, and are promising to stop a commonsense bill that would require voters to live in New Hampshire for 30 days before being allowed to vote here.

In today’s paper, Sen. Regina Birdsell supports the 30-day residency restriction, similar to those in most states and backed by Secretary of State Bill Gardner.

Sens. Bette Lasky and David Pierce argue that even a brief 30-day delay for new residents amounts to voter suppression.

Every adult American citizen has a right to vote. Convicted felons can forfeit that right. And we can only vote where we actually live.

Pierce and Lasky would leave that determination in the mind of each voter, and it could change seconds before and seconds after that voter shows up at a polling place.

Like voter ID laws, 30-day residency requirements protect voters’ rights from dilution by those who should not be voting here. We should not open our voting booths to people just driving by.

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Strong NH - Embattled Shea-Porter Super PAC Ally Indicted 


Reminder of her Hypocrisy on Campaign Finance Issues

"Shea-Porter loves to trumpet her opposition to PACs, but her hollow claim is downright laughable." 

MANCHESTER - Carl Gibson, a Super PAC ally of former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01), was indicted yesterday on voter suppression charges. It is a reminder of her hypocrisy on the subject of campaign finance.

Carl Gibson helped run an vitriolic attack campaign in New Hampshire's First Congressional District in 2012 that benefited former Congresswoman Shea-Porter's political ambitions. The Super PAC he worked for, CREDO, launched a "$3 million campaign" that year and targeted NH-01. Their current website still claims victory for their success in New Hampshire in 2012.

While there are many sources to show how involved Gibson was with CREDO Super PAC's efforts to support Shea-Porter, it can best be summarized in a lengthy opinion piece he wrote in November of 2012.

Shea-Porter alleges that she does not accept contributions from PACs and has repeatedly called for her opponents to jointly ask Super PACs to stay out NH-01. However, former Congresswoman Shea-Porter never once asked CREDO to stop efforts that benefited her campaign in 2012. In fact, she went so far as to hypocritically support CREDO Super PAC's efforts in a Union Leader interview when she said, "I don't care what they do on the ground," ... "but advertising should be off limits, as should automated telephone calls."

As reported by WMUR-TV, according to authorities, Gibson issued a fake press release last May that left an impression with voters that a special election was uncontested. The Attorney General's Office said Carl Gibson, 28, sent a release to various news outlets days before the special election. The release stated that a candidate, Yvonne Dean-Bailey, was dropping out the race, which was not true. Gibson is charged with two felonies: voter suppression and attempted voter suppression. The maximum sentence is three-and-a-half to seven years and a $4,000 fine.

Derek Dufresne of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire released the following statement;

"Carol Shea-Porter loves to trumpet her opposition to PACs, but her hollow claim is downright laughable. The reality is the former congresswoman is only opposed to those organizations that are not working to further her own ambitions. The indictment of embattled Carl Gibson, an ally of the former congresswoman who worked for a group that spent millions of dollars to benefit liberals like her, is the perfect reminder of her blatant hypocrisy."

NHDP Statement on Legislature Upholding Governor Hassan’s Strong Commitment to Preserving Voting Rights for N.H. Citizens





Concord, N.H. – New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair released the following statement after the legislature sustained Governor Hassan’s veto of a bill that would disenfranchise New Hampshire citizens:
“When New Hampshire Republicans can’t win on the issues, they seek to disenfranchise voters – it’s as simple as that. Granite Staters have made clear time and again that we will not stand for blatantly partisan attempts to make it harder for citizens to cast a ballot, and New Hampshire Democrats are grateful for Governor Hassan’s leadership on preserving voting rights for all New Hampshire citizens.”



NH Senate Republican Caucus - Democrats vote to uphold “Drive By Voting” in NH.

Carson disappointed by sustained veto of voter residency bill


Concord, NH – Today, the Senate was unable to overturn the veto on SB 179, which would have required a 30-day residency for voting purposes in New Hampshire.


Senator Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry) released a statement following the vote.


“I am disappointed that the Senate was unable to come together to override legislation that would have restored meaningful elections to the citizens of New Hampshire. Requiring a 30-day residency for voting purposes would work to clarify and ensure that legal residents, invested in their communities can affect change. This legislation was also designed to reduce incidences of voter fraud in the form of drive-by-voting without infringing on an individual’s right to vote in open and free elections in New Hampshire,” said Senator Sharon Carson (R- Londonderry).


“This legislation, which passed both the House and the Senate, was crafted alongside New Hampshire’s Secretary of State William Gardner, who was fully supportive of implementing a residency requirement because it would strengthen the meaning of the votes cast in the state.”





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