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Maura Sullivan failed to vote in last two midterm elections, according to review of files, interviews

By KEVIN LANDRIGAN
New Hampshire Union Leader

September 08. 2018 9:13PM

Maura Sullivan 



MANCHESTER - Democratic congressional candidate Maura Sullivan of Portsmouth failed to vote in either of the past two midterm elections, according to the Union Leader's review of voter registration files and interviews with election officials.

Sullivan did vote in the general elections of 2006, 2008 and 2012, according to the voter registration base in Massachusetts, where she lived as a student and later a business executive.

But Sullivan is listed as an "inactive" voter in the 2010 and 2014 elections in Massachusetts. An official in the office of Massachusetts Secretary of State Bill Galvin confirmed this means she did not cast a ballot as a resident of Boston.

Earlier this week, Sullivan had confirmed through her campaign she did not vote in the 2016 presidential primary while living in Washington and working for the Pentagon. The nation's capital hosted the last primary of the 2016 cycle in June of that year and Hillary Clinton won it with nearly 80 percent of the vote.

Sullivan first registered to vote in Washington in 2015, according to the district's voter registration database.

"There is no question that Maura wishes she had voted more regularly," Sullivan Campaign Manager Whitney Larsen said in a statement.

"Donald Trump's election has outraged and galvanized millions of Americans, and she hopes at this critical time in our country's history that everyone gets out and votes during the midterms because every election matters, particularly when the stakes are this high."

On Friday, the campaign of Democratic rival Naomi Andrews of Epping issued a statement critical of Sullivan's failure to vote in the last presidential election.

"This is a shameful insult to the women who worked so hard to get us all the right to vote, and shows a high level of indifference and disinterest in government. It's particularly ironic, given that Sullivan said at a forum that, 'And I'll tell ya I think that women around the country are really, really tired right now of being told to wait their turn,'" Andrews said in her campaign statement.

"She just couldn't be bothered."

In this crowded, 11-person Democratic primary, Sullivan has dwarfed her rivals' fundraising with nearly $2 million in donations. However, more than 90 percent of that money has come from outside New Hampshire.

Her best-known rival, Executive Councilor Chris Pappas of Manchester, has railed against the "big money" Sullivan has raised.

In response, the Sullivan campaign has sent out three mailers in the final week of the race attacking Pappas on the issues, with the last one questioning his opposition to the Northern Pass project.

The Pappas campaign has dubbed the mailings to be "baseless" and charged they revealed that despite her financial advantage, Sullivan, a retired Marine Corps captain and Iraq war veteran, has gotten desperate in the closing days of this race.

Later today, U.S. representative and fellow Iraq War veteran Seth Moulton, D-Mass., will co-host a house party for her in Portsmouth. Moulton's political action committee has endorsed Sullivan and a few dozen other candidates during the 2018 cycle.

klandrigan@unionleader.com


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