ELECTION LAW

House Votes To Advance Harmful Voting Rights Legislation

The House of Representatives voted to concur with Senate changes to HB 1264, legislation which changes the statutory definition of “resident,” “inhabitant,” “residence,” and “residency” in New Hampshire. Despite hundreds of references to those terms in New Hampshire law, supporters have made clear that the intent of the change is to affect voting eligibility.

“I encourage the Governor to keep his word and reject this legislation that suppresses the rights of students,” House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff (D-Penacook) said.

Shurtleff added that the Governor has said HB 1264 is flawed in that it suppresses the right of students to vote in New Hampshire. “Students attending our colleges and universities live in this state for at least three-quarters of the year. They pay taxes, rent apartments, make contributions to the community, and comply with our laws and local ordinances. Moving this bill forward sends the message to young New Hampshire adults that their input is not valued,” Shurtleff said.