New Hampshire House votes to tighten voting laws
CONCORD (AP) — The New Hampshire House has passed a bill requiring New Hampshire voters who move to the state within 30 days of an election to provide proof that they intend to stay.
The House voted 191-162 to approve a slightly modified version of a bill that cleared the Senate in March. Those who can't provide proof such as a driver's license or lease would still be allowed to vote, but if they don't follow up with elections officials within 10 to 30 days, authorities could go their homes to investigate.
Democrats argued the bill would disenfranchise and intimidate voters.
The New Hampshire Youth Democrats released a response to Senate Bill 3 (SB3) following the vote saying, "“Senate Bill 3 will accomplish one thing: the disenfranchisement and intimidation of thousands of young voters across New Hampshire. [...] Any measure that works to disenfranchise young people from participating in our vibrant civic culture is counterproductive and will only hurt our state."
House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff also commented on the vote stating, "This legislation was clearly designed to placate those who buy into President Trump’s discredited assertion that fraud cost him the popular vote in New Hampshire. Leaders from both parties denounced those assertions, and as we know from the reports released following every single New Hampshire election, voter fraud is not an issue in our state.”
House Majority Leader Richard "Dick" Hinch stated, "New Hampshire holds more local and state elections than any other state in the nation, with numerous outcomes being decided by single digit margins. SB3 will help maintain confidence in our elections by eliminating drive-by voting and removing the domicile loophole by making domicile a verifiable act.”
He went on to say, “I look forward to getting this important legislation to the Governor's desk as quickly as possible.”
Republican Gov. Chris Sununu supports the measure, which now goes back to the Senate.