We are not free, nor are we equal, if our opportunity and obligation to vote is undermined.  Nor are we treated equally when partisan gerrymandering of districts is allowed.

Voting

In New Hampshire, a number of voting law changes have been made, and more are being considered, to make it harder for residents to register and vote in elections.  These changes are made in the name of preventing voting fraud  - even though statistics from the Secretary of State and Attorney General's Office show minimal incidents of fraudulent voting. 

Registering to vote and voting itself should be easy.  We must insure that no one is penalized due to their income, status as a student, or status as an active duty member of the military.  We must insure no financial burdens are imposed on any citizen who wants to exercise their right - and their obligation - to vote in New Hampshire elections. 

We must also be sure that the laws are not overly burdensome on Town Clerks and Supervisors of the Checklist.  These individuals do a great job at maintaining lists of registered voters and managing elections - we need to keep it that way.  If we can make it easier for both voters and town/city officials, we should.  

Gerrymandering

The state legislature is charged with redistricting every ten years to reflect the updated US Census. 

Gerrymandering is the practice which results in the creation of voting districts which favor one party over another.  This is usually undertaken by the party in the majority at the time of redistricting. Most of the time, the result is that the same party will remain in the majority until the next redistricting takes place.  This occurred in NH after the 2010 census when the Republican Party was in control.  Across the United States, all political parties have done this at one time or another throughout our history.

When gerrymandering occurs, election results reflect how the districts are set up, and do not necessarily reflect the overall opinions of the citizens.  In NH, this is extreme in that we recently elected four Democrats to Congress, but the NH legislature remains firmly Republican.  When there are no districts (or limited districts such as our Two Congressional seats) either Republicans (i.e. Governor Sununu) or Democrats (i.e. Hillary Clinton) may be elected.  But with State Senate and Representative Districts gerrymandered, the majority party at the time of redistricting is very likely to remain the majority.

I would work in the legislature to create laws which insure a non-partisan, independent process to devise appropriate districts for all elections in New Hampshire.  The results of the process should be available for public response once completed and create districts which are logical, easily understood and are blind to partisan politics.