Wednesday, March 28, 2012


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HB 592, the redistricting plan for House districts, was vetoed because:
  • it violates the constitutional principle for equal representation and local representation;
  • it is inconsistent in its treatment of similarly situated towns and wards, and
  • it unnecessarily changes the boundaries of existing districts
Already, the entire Manchester delegation of state representatives – Democrats and Republicans – has publicly vowed to oppose the proposed plan, and several other communities have signaled similar opposition to the plan. We’re asking you to take a minute TODAY to call or email your state representatives and urge them to sustain the Governor’s veto.
The House could take up the veto vote as early as Thursday of this week, and the vote will be very, very close. We are additionally concerned that Speaker O’Brien and his extreme leadership team may try to unconstitutionally move redistricting through a House Concurrent Order, bypassing the legislative process and public input altogether.


Speaker O’Brien and his extreme leadership team have done everything in their power to draw lines based on political gain instead of communities of interest. They held shoddy, last-minute public input sessions and actively prevented the public and other members of the House from being able to use redistricting software developed at the taxpayer’s expense until Granite State Progress exposed it.

Thank you to all of our members who have been working so diligently on redistricting these past several months; from the nearly 1,000 Granite State Progress members who signed the redistricting petition, to those who testified at meetings or helped circulate the videos exposing various redistricting shenanigans. We’re almost there … please make this important phone call and send an email today.


In Progress,

Zandra, Caitlin, Tim and the rest of the Granite State Progress team



We know that many state representatives are feeling pressure from House Leadership to support this bad redistricting plan. In addition to your email, please consider making a quick phone call to your legislator with a similar message:
"Hi, my name is _____________ and I live in your district. As a constituent, I request that you vote to sustain the veto on

HB 592.
HB 592, the redistricting plan for House districts, was vetoed because:

  • it violates the constitutional principle for equal representation and local representation;
  • it is inconsistent in its treatment of similarly situated towns and wards, and
  • it unnecessarily changes the boundaries of existing districts
Several legislators – Democrats and Republicans – have vowed to oppose the House redistricting plan. I urge to join them and insist that the House review other existing proposals and select one that ensures communities receive the representation they are due.

I additionally encourage you to ensure that the House uses the established legislative procedure for redistricting and does not pull any further shenanigans to pass a bad bill. Thank you."

You can find contact information for your legislator here: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/members/wml.aspx
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