Kansas City, MO – Let America Vote today named New Hampshire State Senators Regina Birdsell and James Gray to its Voter Suppression Hall of Shame, a list of the country’s most active vote-suppressing politicians that Let America Vote will track in 2018 to fight back against any future efforts to make voting less accessible.
Senator Birdsell was the prime sponsor of SB 3 a bill that severely tightens qualifications for voting in New Hampshire and potentially criminalizes legitimate same-day registration voters who know they cannot provide proof that they have performed a so-called “verifiable act,” such as buying a home or entering a formal lease — thereby effectively disenfranchising elderly, low income, and other vulnerable citizens, especially those who move in the months before an election and are unable to obtain sufficient proof. Under SB3, a voter who knowingly fails to provide evidence of domicile within 10 days faces a fine up to $5,000.
Now the voter suppression team of Senators Birdsell and Gray are pushing HB372 a bill that forces people to officially change their residency to NH in order to vote, creating a poll tax. The bill is directly targeted at college students who, under state law, are allowed to register and vote in New Hampshire.
“The New Hampshire GOP passed a law last year that severely limits the voting rights of college students, but Senators Birdsell and Gray don’t think it went far enough,” said Jason Kander, President of Let America Vote. “HB 372, which is championed by Senators Birdsell and Gray, would create harsh restrictions for college students that would keep a huge number of them from voting altogether. They’re pioneers of this kind of voter suppression, which is why they belong in the Voter Suppression Hall of Shame. When Let America Vote expands to New Hampshire in 2018, we’ll make sure that these senators answer for stripping voting rights from their constituents.”
The list contains ten politicians from nine different states whom either introduced or supported politically-motivated legislation that would prevent targeted groups of the electorate from voting. The goals of the Hall of Shame are to expose the politicians for suppressing votes, call attention to their next elections, and educate voters on how to hold them accountable.
Birdsell and Gray join these other vote suppressors on the Voter Suppression Hall of Shame:
Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State
Brian Kemp, Georgia Secretary of State
John Merrill, Alabama Secretary of State
Paul Pate, Iowa Secretary of State
Connie Lawson, Indiana Secretary of State
Bob Thorpe, Arizona State Representative
Juan Murante, Nebraska State Senator
Tim Moore, North Carolina State Representative
Let America Vote launched in February 2017 to fight back against proposals across the country that make it harder for eligible voters to exercise their constitutional right to cast a ballot. Whether it’s extreme identification requirements, questionable purges of voter rolls, voter intimidation, new and extreme voter registration processes, or anything that makes voting harder, Let America Vote will be there to lead the way against it. Its president is Jason Kander, the former Missouri Secretary of State.