Jul 10, 2015 5:07 PM

Hassan vetoes 30-day residency requirement to vote

The Associated Press

CONCORD — Gov. Maggie Hassan has vetoed legislation that would have required people to live in New Hampshire for 30 days before voting.

She said Friday the bill would have unfairly burdened peoples' constitutional right to vote. If the 30-day residency requirement became law, someone who moves to the state in August and planned to stay couldn't vote in a September primary.

Anyone can now register to vote on Election Day in New Hampshire. Supporters of the 30-day requirement say it would help prevent voter fraud.

Hassan also vetoed a bill banning the use of cash welfare benefits on alcohol, lottery tickets, firearms and several other items. She plans to sign a different bill banning the use of electronic benefit transfer cards at piercing or tattoo parlors, cigar and smoke shops and marijuana dispensaries.


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