Controversial voter residency law will apply to Nov 6 election

Nov 02, 2018
voter registration laws

SB 3, a controversial 2017 law that required voters to provide more proof of their intent to stay in New Hampshire long-term, was recently blocked by a New Hampshire superior court judge. This caused a great deal of confusion on the eve of the mid-term elections. State officials, including Secretary of State Bill Gardner, contested the ruling, and the New Hampshire Supreme Court decided that SB 3’s more stringent proof of domicile requirements would stay in place through the November 6 election.

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.

Voter ID in the Granite State

Sep 11, 2018
voter ID

In 2018 thirty-four states, including New Hampshire, require voters to present ID at the polls.

In each of those states, if a voter does not show ID, he or she may sign an affidavit or cast some form of provisional ballot that requires additional verification.

NH’s voter ID law

In general, New Hampshire law requires voters to present a valid form of ID to get a ballot. The following are accepted IDs:

Governor signs controversial voter residency bill

Jul 16, 2018
voter residency restrictions

On Friday, July 13 Gov. Chris Sununu signed HB 1264, a bill that requires voters to abide by residency laws.

That means if you want to vote in New Hampshire, you are also obligated to register your car and get your driver’s license from the state government.

Van Ostern challenges Gardner for secretary of state

Mar 14, 2018
Gardner and Van Ostern

Former Executive Councilor and candidate for governor Colin Van Ostern has decided to run for secretary of state against Bill Gardner.

The secretary of state is elected every two years by the New Hampshire Legislature. Gardner has won that every time for the past forty-two years. No one has run against him in over a decade.

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.

Does new data suggest voter fraud?

Sep 08, 2017
out-of-state voter ID and voter fraud

In response to a request from House Speaker Shawn Jasper, the Department of State and Department of Safety compiled data on how many people voted with an out-of-state driver's license in the last election.  Now policymakers are debating whether this report is evidence of voter fraud.

The data on out-of-state licenses

6,540 people registered to vote using an out-of-state driver's license in the last election.  Some of those voters were college students and others had recently moved to New Hampshire.  They still had to swear they lived in New Hampshire.

2 lawsuits against new voter registration law

Aug 24, 2017
voter registration

The New Hampshire Democratic Party and the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire, along with three individual voters, have filed lawsuits against the new voter registration law passed this spring.

The law, SB 3, requires new voters to show documentation that proves they intend to stay in New Hampshire in the long-term.  Voters can still register and vote on election day without documentation, but they must present the documentation to town officials within thirty days or face an investigation.

Voters will need to prove domicile

Jul 12, 2017
voter registration laws, voter ID

This week Gov. Chris Sununu signed SB 3, a bill that requires voters to prove their intent to stay in New Hampshire long-term. 

The bill has the biggest impact on voters who register within thirty days of an election.  Those voters must show proof they will be at their address long-term.  This proof could be a lease, driver's license, a child's enrollment at a public school, or other similar document.  

NH to turn over public voter records

Jul 03, 2017
voting data

This week, controversy was raised when New Hampshire’s governor and secretary of state announced they would comply with a request from the Trump administration for information about New Hampshire voters.

The information was requested by a new election commission, charged with investigating alleged voter fraud.

"We fully intend to comply," said Republican Gov. Chris Sununu. "This is a bipartisan commission looking at integrity in the election process. That is something we take seriously here in the State of New Hampshire.”

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