New Hampshire Lawmakers Just Overrode the Republican Governor’s Veto and Abolished the Death Penalty


21 states have now ditched capital punishment.

Charles Krupa/AP

New Hampshire just became the 21st state to abolish the death penalty. Earlier this month, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed a measure to end capital punishment statewide, but on Thursday lawmakers voted to override the veto.

“The death penalty has been an issue every New Hampshire legislator has grappled with over many years,” Democratic state Sen. Donna Soucy said in a statement. “It was a privilege today to join my colleagues in voting to repeal capital punishment in the Granite State.” Last year, a repeal bill passed both the state House and Senate, but the bill was vetoed by Sununu and lawmakers didn’t have enough votes for an override.

On Thursday, Sununu said on Twitter that he was “disappointed” in the Senate’s override vote.

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