Union Leader - Governor rejects nonpartisan redistricting panel; critics say he's 'absolutely wrong'
“This is just wrong, absolutely wrong, and I can’t imagine why the governor would turn his back on the voters this way,” Smith said during a telephone interview. “This is a loss, a real loss for the people of this state.”
The plan would allow lawmakers to vote on redistricting maps but would keep them out of the process of drawing them.
“Only the House minority leader and Governor Sununu worked to keep their party’s best interest above the best interest of Granite Staters. Today the governor chose to ignore the bipartisan action of the Legislature and deny voters the right to choose whom they would like to vote for, and he should be ashamed of himself for doing so,” Smith said.
Senate Election Laws Committee Chairman Melanie Levesque, D-Brookline, said it was one of the most significant bills in the state’s history.
“It is deeply discouraging that with one fell swoop Governor Sununu blocked vital work to take partisanship out of the political process of choosing legislative districts,” Levesque said. “In my district and at the State House, I hear calls for fairer elections every day. Not one person testified against HB 706 at the Senate hearing. It is clear New Hampshire voters are fed up with the status quo in which politicians pick their voters.”