Sununu Vetoes Bill to Expand Absentee Voting in N.H.

Sep 6, 2019

N.H. law now only allows people to vote by absentee ballot in limited cases, such as work obligations.
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Governor Chris Sununu has vetoed a bill that would have expanded absentee voting in New Hampshire.

State law now only allows people to vote by absentee ballot in limited circumstances, such as a work or caregiving obligation, or if a voter will be out of town on election day.

The bill Sununu vetoed would have allowed any voter to use an absentee ballot - and for any reason.

At least 28 other states allow this kind of no-excuses absentee voting.

The governor said the change would have gone against New Hampshire's tradition of in-person voter participation and would have created logistical challenges for election workers. Supporters of the legislation say the bill would have encouraged more participation in elections.

The Senate passed the bill along party lines, 13 to 11. Only one Republican in the House voted for it.