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Jun 11, 2015 2:25 PM

NH lawmakers, ACLU protest 30-day residency voting requirement

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — A coalition of Democratic lawmakers, election workers and the American Civil Liberties Union is calling on Gov. Maggie Hassan to veto legislation that would require people to live in New Hampshire for 30 days before they can vote.

The legislation has passed the Republican-controlled Legislature. Opponents of the bill say it is unconstitutional because New Hampshire has no compelling state interest to impose a residency requirement.

Supporters of the bill say it will eliminate so-called drive by voting, where people who don't live in New Hampshire vote here on Election Day. Opponents of the bill say no such voter fraud exists. The Secretary of State backs the bill.

Hassan's office says she is likely to veto the bill because she has serious concerns it could violation people's constitutional rights.


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