New Hampshire’s Republican Governor Chris Sununu vetoed a bipartisan bill that would have created an independent state redistricting commission as a remedy to the state’s record of partisan gerrymandering.
The bill (H.B. 706) would have allowed the state legislature to nominate 20 registered voters that 1) were not statewide political office holders and 2) had not been lobbyists in the last decade. From those 20, the legislature would choose 10 board members, who would in turn choose 5 more board members to join them.
The effort to fix the issue of gerrymandering in the state follows a national debate about the voter disenfranchisement caused by an increasingly data-driven, partisan redistricting process in which legislators choose their voters. Efforts to solve the issue through the federal judicial system have failed, most recently with the Supreme Court ruling that “partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts.”