CONCORD, NH–Senator Bette Lasky (D-Nashua) released the following comments Thursday after the Senate voted down SB 507, authorizing online voter registration.
“I’m disappointed that my Senate colleagues did not support what was originally good, bipartisan legislation. SB 507 would have made registering to vote more consistent and accessible, while lessening the burden of same-day registration on our municipalities,” said Lasky. “Allowing our citizens to register to vote online would have helped to create a more accessible system and increased the number of citizens exercising one of our most important rights.”
Twenty-three states have already implemented online voter registration and five more states will be added to that list this year. Research has also shown in these states that online voter registration has sustained or increased voter registration.
“New Hampshire has built a strong reputation for voter participation, but we can always do more to help busy Granite Staters take part in our elections. New Hampshire needs to continually move forward as technology advances and find new and creative ways to make voting more accessible. I am very disappointed that the Senate killed a bill that would have created a more effective and efficient election process for our Granite State citizens,” said Lasky.
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