Not a hardship
To the Editor: I am disappointed that Melanie Levesque and others in our state legislature have been pushing to allow non-N.H. residents to vote in our elections in New Hampshire.
All of the groups of people Melanie lists as being “discouraged” or disenfranchised from voting or having to meet an “excessive burden and expense” of obtaining a New Hampshire driver’s license and registering their car in New Hampshire in order to vote here are perfectly able to vote by absentee ballot in their own state of residence.
This is not a hardship. If everyone who is legally allowed to vote, votes in the state of their legal residence, everyone has the same opportunity to exercise their right and privilege to vote.
Just not in other peoples’ state.
No one is disenfranchised from voting, but what Melanie and others want would cancel out votes of New Hampshire residents — in essence, stealing their votes.
It’s wrong whether it affects Democrats or Republicans. Our representatives are supposed to be representing their New Hampshire constituents, not visitors or people “passing through” from other places.