Sununu signs domicile voting bill despite opposition from NH residents
CONCORD — Governor Chris Sununu signed 18 bills into law Monday, including one that many showed their opposition to last week.
New Hampshire residents and voters gathered outside the Statehouse last Thursday in objection of SB3, which deals with what New Hampshire considers a domicile for the purpose of allowing, or disallowing, people to vote. However, this protest did not stop Sununu from signing the bill.
The state defined a domicile as "that one place where a person, more than any other place, has established a physical presence and manifests an intent to maintain a single continuous presence for domestic, social, and civil purposes."
SB3 changes the legal definition of a domicile to be "the principal or primary home or place of abode of a person" with the stipulation that the primary home as been as such for a minimal of 30 days, or can be otherwise proven through documentation that it will be the primary residence for more than 30 days.
The bill also creates a number of additional requirements alongside residency that would need to be met to be eligible to vote.
When determining a potential new voter's residence the following factors or evidence would be taken into account: civic and community participation, the place where a person spends most nights of the year, the location from which a person would apply for a passport or other federal identification, residence for income or other tax purposes, eligibility for a resident hunting and fishing license, and a New Hampshire driver’s license.
Along with SB3, Sununu also signed into law:
SB 206, relative to wagering on simulcast racing.
SB 127, relative to dissolved oxygen water quality standards.
SB 248, establishing a committee to study the rescheduling of elections and relative to absentee voter signatures.
HB 552, relative to investigation of voter verification letters.
SB 137, relative to temporary licensure of certain nurses seeking licensure by endorsement from the board of nursing.
SB 157, relative to network adequacy and consumer rights under the managed care law.
SB 131, establishing a cross border drug interdiction program and making an appropriation therefor.
HB 334, relative to exemptions from licensure by the board of medical imaging and radiation therapy.
HB 468, relative to licensure of mental health practitioners from other states.
HB 469, establishing a continuous quality improvement program for pharmacies, relative to vaccines administered by pharmacists, and relative to the authority of the insurance department on federal health care reform.
HB 414, limiting parental liability under a CHINS petition in certain circumstances.
SB 57, making appropriations to the department of environmental services for the purposes of funding eligible drinking water and wastewater projects under the state aid grant program and relative to making an appropriation from the drinking water and groundwater trust fund to the department of environmental services to address drinking water contamination in Amherst.
SB 101, relative to enrollment eligibility for regional career and technical education programs and relative to high school students participating in New Hampshire's dual and concurrent enrollment program and making an appropriation therefor.
SB 86, relative to the regulation of banks, trusts, and credit unions by the banking department.
HB 343, relative to disapproval of forms and authorizing the insurance commissioner to retain certain independent specialists.
SB 13, repealing the administrative attachment of the police standards and training council to the community college system of New Hampshire and repealing the statutes governing the New Hampshire technical institute security force.
SB 59, relative to blood testing orders.