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Statement from Amanda Grady Sexton, Director of Public Affairs for the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence on the Release of Confidential Voter Information
“We are deeply troubled to learn that the private information of victims of crime has been jeopardized. By state statute, victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking have the right to vote without their addresses and names being published when 1) they participate in the state's Address Confidentiality Program under NH RSA 7:43 or 2) when they are protected under NH RSA 654:25 which allows victims with a restraining order to be placed on a private voter checklist to help keep their whereabouts safe from their abusers. This protection is vital to the safety of victims and their children, both those living inside and outside of emergency domestic violence shelters.
We call for a full audit of all checklists and information intended for submission to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity to ensure that victims of crime who are guaranteed confidentiality under NH law are afforded the rights they are entitled to. It is critical that no private information is transmitted to President Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Additionally, we call for a town-by-town manual review of all hand-marked checklists to ensure that victim privacy has adequately been maintained.
The State of NH has an obligation to prioritize the safety of victims of crime and to uphold their statutory rights. Victims of crime should never have to choose between their safety and their constitutional right to vote."
For more information about voting rights for victims and survivors in NH, please click here.
About the Coalition
NHCADSV is a statewide network of 13 independent member programs committed to ending sexual violence, domestic violence, and stalking, through direct services to victims, community education, and public policy advocacy. The NHCADSV and its 13 member programs do not discriminate based on gender, age, health status (including HIV-positive), physical, mental, or emotional ability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, socio-economic status, race, national origin, immigration status, or religious or political affiliation. For more information visit www.nhcadsv.org.
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