A state embarrassment

To the Editor: Is absentee voting any less meritorious than voting in person? Does it show lesser “civic engagement?”

Governor Sununu and Secretary of State Gardner seem to think so but they give no reason, talking about “tradition” and maintaining the “purity” of our first–in-the-nation election.

Does anyone honestly believe that those who vote in person are more “pure” than our elderly voters who stay home without voting because they refuse to say they are “disabled” when they aren’t?

Yet that is what they must say to get an absentee ballot.

Are those who vote in person more “pure” or “engaged” than the many commuters in our state who find it difficult to vote in the specific hours of an election but don’t qualify for an absentee ballot ?

Suppose they normally get off work at 5 and should make it to the polls but the boss gives extra work or there is traffic and they can’t make the 7 p.m. closing? Too bad.

The world has changed and New Hampshire needs to change, too. Voting is a fundamental right of our people whether in person or by absentee ballot.

Tradition and notions of “purity” do not justify the governor’s veto. As a long-time Republican and voter for Sununu, I find this an embarrassment for our state.

GAIL PIERSON CROMWELL

Temple

GAIL PIERSON CROMWELL

Temple