Senate Republicans Pass Gerrymandered Congressional Map
Contact Name: Marina Altschiller
Phone: (603) 271-3375
CONCORD – Today, in a vote of 13-11, Senate Republicans voted to pass HB 52 without amendment, creating a blatantly gerrymandered Congressional map that would move nearly 300,000 voters to a new district. Quickly following the vote, Governor Sununu released a statement that he would veto the legislation as soon as it reaches his desk.
After the vote, Senate Democratic Leader Donna Soucy (D-Manchester) and Senator Rebecca Perkins Kwoka (D-Portsmouth) issued the following statements:
Senate Democratic Leader Donna Soucy (D-Manchester) stated, “The proposed Congressional map passed by my Republican colleagues today flies in the face of fair representation for every Granite Stater – essentially guaranteeing election outcomes before the race has even begun. I am extremely disappointed that my colleagues on the other side of the aisle would choose to ignore this blatant example of political gerrymandering and am grateful to the Governor for his quick promise to veto this fatally flawed map.”
Senator Rebecca Perkins Kwoka (D-Portsmouth) added, “To claim that the House proposed Congressional maps are not gerrymandered is a bold piece of political fiction. All you have to do is look at the map to see that it is motivated by something other than the small change needed based on population. From the moment they were proposed, both Democrats and Republicans raised their voices in opposition to this politically motivated map. I appreciate the Governor’s pledge to veto the legislation and will continue to fight for fair maps.”