Governor Sununu Vetoes Bipartisan Election Legislation

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller

Phone: (603) 271-3207

Email: marina.altschiller@leg.state.nh.us


CONCORD – Today, Governor Sununu vetoed HB 98, a piece of legislation which would have changed New Hampshire’s state primary date from September to the first Tuesday in August. The bill received bipartisan support in the Senate before a final amended version was agreed to during the committee of conference.


After the veto, Senate Democratic Leader Donna Soucy (D-Manchester) issued the following statement:

“The final language of HB 98 that Governor Sununu chose to veto today was the result of extensive bipartisan work and compromise. Despite the Governor’s statement to the contrary, states that have made similar changes to their primary date have seen similar or increased voter turnout. It is disappointing that rather than working to improve upon our election system, the Governor would instead chose to ignore the will of the voters, and put New Hampshire at risk of being out of compliance with federal law.”


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