Town of Strafford Democratic Committee wishes all the happiest of holidays and a healthy 2018!
The Strafford Democratic Committee is a local grassroots organization in Strafford, NH working to elect Democrats in all levels of government.
We will not be meeting in January. Our next regular committee meeting will be Tuesday February 6 at 7:00 PM.
In the meantime, Committee Chair Bob Perry remains active in promoting awareness of legislative efforts to infringe on voting rights guaranteed by the New Hampshire Constitution. He reports that one piece of legislation to watch is House Bill 372, which is intended to make a student’s right to vote unequal. Under current law, a student’s right to vote is specifically protected by statute. HB 372 would repeal that protection by requiring student voters, and others who do not drive an automobile, to obtain a NH driver’s license anyway. This mixes our fundamental right to vote with completely unrelated motor vehicle laws, and subjects voters to what amounts to a poll tax through required payment of motor vehicle license fees.
HB 372 would also have a chilling effect on the voting rights of military personnel, construction workers, family care-givers, and others living in the state on a temporary basis. At the time of this writing, HB 372 had passed the House, and is expected to be considered by the State Senate in January. Similar measures have been found unconstitutional in the past, as this bill will likely be if enacted into law.
Mark your calendars for the February 6 meeting of the Strafford Town Democrats for updates on HB 372, other bills impacting NH, and news from political races around the state. Bob is planning to provide opportunities to meet various Democrats vying for office at our future meetings. So stay tuned!
On another note, our committee members have be inspired by Granny D's (Doris Haddock) call to action on campaign finance reform. Granny D walked across the US from age 88 to 90, beginning on January 1, 1999 and ending on February 29, 2000, to raise awareness of the issue. Bob Perry presented committee members with clippings of Granny D's ivy plant that used to sit in her kitchen window. We all will keep her memory alive with her ivy and continuing to fight for campaign reform. She was a Laconia native who lived in Manchester for many years until she and her husband retired in Dublin NH.
"People often say with pride, 'I'm not interested in politics.' They might as well say, 'I'm not interested in my standard of living, my health, my job, my rights, my freedoms, my future or any future...' If we mean to keep control over our world and lives, we must be interested in politics." -- Martha Gellhorn (1908 -1998) American novelist, travel writer and journalist