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NH GOP governor vetoes bill to create independent redistricting commission

NH GOP governor vetoes bill to create independent redistricting commission

by JUSTIN WISE - The Hill  |  Published on August 12, 2019

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) vetoed bipartisan legislation that would have created an independent commission to draw the state’s legislative, congressional and Executive Council district maps following the 2020 elections.

In his veto, Sununu asserted that issues related to partisan gerrymandering were “extremely rare” in New Hampshire and that an independent commission would run counter to the ideas stated in the state’s constitution.

“The members of the commission proposed by House Bill 706 would be unelected and unaccountable to the voters,” he said in a letter announcing his veto on Friday. “Legislators should not abrogate their responsibility to the voters and delegate authority to an unelected and unaccountable commission selected by the political party bosses.”

If passed, the bill would have created a commission, consisting of five Democrats, five Republicans and five unaffiliated citizens, to draw the state’s voting maps. Lawmakers would be removed from the process of drawing the maps, but would be allowed to vote to approve them, The New Hampshire Union Leader reported.

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