American soldiers such as Donald Bolduc (see related editorial) put themselves in harm’s way in order to protect America and its freedoms. One such is the freedom to vote, which is not something to be taken lightly.
That is why Gov. Chris Sununu was right to veto legislation that would further loosen New Hampshire election law.
The bill would have New Hampshire join the parade of states where “no excuse” is reason enough to receive an absentee ballot.
As Sununu noted in his veto message, it would “erode an aspect of our unique process that has New Hampshire leading the way when it comes to civic engagement.”
The bill would allow voters (and the political parties that target them) to avoid the great inconvenience of actually having to go to the polls to cast a vote. Right now, absentee ballots are supposedly allowed only for those who will either be out of town or who are too ill or frail to vote in person, or if a religious obligation interferes.
If anything, the rules should be tightened. The current system is open to manipulation.
Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan put it well:
“New Hampshire in many ways is unique and different, and I think we have to respect those traditions when looking at legislation, and making sure that what we pass here is in New Hampshire’s interests and not part of a one-size-fits-all national approach to elections.”