NH house committee recommends passage of bill requiring stricter voter identification
CONCORD — The New Hampshire House of Representatives Election Law Committee voted ought to pass as amended for SB 3 when it hits the floor, most likely next month.
Proponents say the bill clarifies the definition of domicile for voting purposes to protect election integrity in New Hampshire, but critics, like NextGen Climate, say the bill is an attempt to suppress votes.
The bill mandates that anyone who registers to vote either prior to or on Election Day itself, thanks to the state's same-day registration law, present definitive proof that they reside in the Granite State.
People who fail to provide such identification could still vote, but would be required to read and sign a form, and then provide proof of domicile to city and town clerks within 10 days of voting, or 30 days for towns where offices are only open once a week.
GOP Senator Regina Birdsell, of Hampstead, said she was pleased to see the House Election Law Committee vote to support the measure.
“By supporting the bill we are protecting the right of every Granite Stater to cast a ballot in our elections, while ensuring that everyone who votes simply provides proof that they are an eligible voter," she said. "I appreciate all the work the committee did and encourage the full house to send this legislation to the Governor to sign into law.”