Senate Democrats Push Back on Gerrymandered House Map
Contact Name: Marina Altschiller
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CONCORD – Today, in a party-line vote of 3-2, Republican members of the Senate Election Law and Municipal Affairs Committee voted Ought to Pass as Amended on HB 50, the gerrymandered House map drafted by House Republicans. The bill will next be brought before the full Senate for a vote.
After the vote, Senate Democratic Leader Donna Soucy (D-Manchester) and Senator Rebecca Perkins Kwoka issued the following statements:
Senate Democratic Leader Donna Soucy (D-Manchester) stated, “Throughout the redistricting process, the message from the public on house districts was clear - provide each ward and town their own representative if it had the population required to support it, keep cities together in base and floterial districts, and when multi-town districts are required, base those districts on communities of interest. The proposal passed today by our Republican colleagues goes directly against those requests. I am hopeful that in our upcoming meetings with the House we work together to find a more bipartisan solution that respects the will of New Hampshire voters.”
Senator Rebecca Perkins Kwoka (D-Portsmouth) added, “The proposed House map passed today by Senate Republicans still contains significant flaws that unnecessarily deny some New Hampshire voters their own Representative. While the amendment passed today made minor improvements, there is still work to be done to ensure that no voter’s voice is silenced as a result of partisan gerrymandering.”