Voter registration in the Granite State

Sep 27, 2018
voter registration

Tuesday, September 25 was National Voter Registration Day. Any citizen age eighteen or older who is living in New Hampshire may register to vote with the town clerk where he or she lives at any time up to ten days before the election – or they can also register at the polls on Election Day.

Unlike in many states, New Hampshire does not automatically register voters at the DMV.

Should NH change the definition of “residence” and “domicile” so that a voter must be a resident – not just domiciled – in NH?

Jan 06, 2018
voter residency

On Wednesday, January 3 the New Hampshire Senate passed a bill that revises the definitions of residence and domicile so that a person living in New Hampshire must be a resident in order to vote.

Current law on residency and domicile

Under current state law, there is a difference between “residency” and “domicile.” A person only needs to be domiciled in New Hampshire to vote.

Do you agree with the statement from former White House policy adviser Steve Bannon that President Donald Trump lost New Hampshire in 2016 because of voter fraud?

Nov 13, 2017

Steve Bannon, who left the White House in April 2017 to return to his work as executive chairman of Breitbart News, attended a fundraiser last Thursday night in New Hampshire for the conservative group 603 Alliance.

“I believe strongly – and I’m prepared to put money where my mouth is – that we won the state of New Hampshire,” said Bannon.

2016 election results in NH

Results certified by the New Hampshire secretary of state gave former secretary of state Hillary Clinton 348,526 votes (46.98 percent) to Trump’s total of 345,790 (46.61 percent).

Senate passes voter registration restrictions

Mar 31, 2017
voter registration restrictions

On Thursday, March 30 the New Hampshire Senate passed a bill to make voter registration laws stricter.

The bill, SB 3, explicitly excludes anyone in New Hampshire “for temporary purposes,” such as short-term workers and campaign volunteers. 

Public hearings on voter registration laws

Feb 06, 2017
voter registration on election day

On Wednesday, February 8 a House committee will hold public hearings on several bills to make voter registration laws stricter in New Hampshire.

For information on how to register to vote in New Hampshire, visit our Voter FAQ.

One bill, HB 403, would end the ability of voters to register on election day after just signing an affidavit swearing that they live in New Hampshire. Instead, voters would have to show proof of domicile such as a driver's license.

Should high schools register students to vote?

Sep 27, 2016

Texas law requires high schools to provide voter registration applications to eighteen year-old students. 

School administrators must pass out registration paperwork at least twice per year.

Supporters of the law argue that it is a great way to educate new voters and get them involved in elections.

Voter residency requirement?

On Wednesday, March 9 the House will vote on a bill that would require a voter to live in New Hampshire at least ten days before voting.

The bill, HB 1313, also tightens the definition of "domicile" to allow consideration of several factors, such as whether or not a voter has a New Hampshire driver's license.

Supreme Ct. overturns voter registration changes

May 15, 2015

On Friday the New Hampshire Supreme Court struck down 2012 changes to the voter registration form. 

Voters must sign a form that confirms they are domiciled in New Hampshire.  In 2012 the New Hampshire Legislature rewrote that affidavit to include the following sentence:

"In declaring New Hampshire as my domicile, I am subject to the laws of the state of New Hampshire which apply to all residents, including laws requiring a driver to register a motor vehicle and apply for a New Hampshire’s driver’s license within 60 days of becoming a resident."

Supreme Ct. hears voter registration case

Apr 24, 2015

This week the New Hampshire Supreme Court heard arguments in a case challenging the affidavit citizens sign when registering to vote. 

For decades New Hampshire has required voters to sign a form that confirms they are domiciled in New Hampshire.  In 2012 the New Hampshire Legislature rewrote that affidavit to include the following sentence:

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