NH Should Follow UNH Non-Resident Tuition Rules – for Voting Purposes

by Steve MacDonald

UNH Campus

Need language for an election law bill? The UNH Registrars office already wrote it.

The new Legislature is looking at election law again so now is as good a time as any to revisit something I’ve suggested before when it comes to figuring out who can and can’t or should or should not be voting in New Hampshire.

Here it is, plain and simple.

To qualify for In-State tuition status a student [or his/her parents if a dependent] must physically reside in New Hampshire for no less than twelve continuous months prior to the term for which In-state status is desired, must reside in New Hampshire for some purpose other than attending the University, and meet all the other requirements of the tuition rules.

You have to live here for 12 continuous months and must reside for some purpose other than attending the University.

If it’s good enough for UNH, it’s good enough for election law.

Here’s another excellent idea.

The University System should make a concerted effort to educate all non-resident tuition-paying students on how to obtain, complete, and mail in a timely fashion, an absentee ballot to their respective states.

Just think of all the polar bears you’ll save by getting kids to vote with a postage stamp and a walk to a mailbox instead of herding them on to diesel-powered school buses that run back and forth to New Hampshire polling places–polluting our fragile biosphere–all day long.

UNH will have not just played a larger part in “saving the planet” but helped to preserve the students right to vote in the town, city, county, or state from whence the non-resident status is defined by the college for billing purposes.

It’s a win-win!

Republicans will win a lot more seats up and down the ticket. Democrats will have something new to make them hysterical.

And everyone will have had their right to vote preserved. Yes, they will! Six Democrat NH House Reps Ellen Read, Patricia Higgins, Janice Schmidt, Lee Oxenham, Charlotte DiLorenzo, Steven Rand (several of whom benefit from non-resident voting) have sponsored a bill (LSR 017-0386) that would allow all voters to vote by absentee ballot.

If all voters can vote by absentee ballot, all non-resident tuition-paying college students can vote by absentee ballot in the state that’s not New Hampshire that defines why UNH can charge them so much more than if they lived here.


Or should UNH change their non-resident tuition guidelines to match the existing residence/domicile rules for voting in the state? That would mean that if a student feels like they live here on the day their tuition is due, they get to pay in-state residence rates.

I’d even vote for that. So would every non-resident tuition paying UNH student that is told they can vote here.

I think that might be a cruel irony.

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  • Ed Naile

    Maybe someone should see what Kelly Ayotte thinks.
    She has some first hand experience with non-resident, illegal college voters.
    She could have prosecuted at least one when she was the figurehead NH AG.
    But she didn’t.
    So sad.

  • Radical Moderate

    I’ve been saying the same thing as well Steve. I would even go so far as to demand past student records for this last election so they can be checked against the voter rolls to pursue charges against out of state students that voted here. If the College refuses to provide the information then their state funding gets pulled. If they still refuse after that, then their state charter should be revoked. We need to stop playing nice with our state colleges. They do nothing but create problems or incite animosity toward our Republic.
    Why the Hades are we even funding education beyond high school anyway!

    • Not sure if this figure is still accurate but taxpayers pony up about 6% of the UNH budget. I’ve argued in the past that they could probably get that in donations–they do a decent job of that already. And then they wouldn’t have to take guff from the likes of us.

      But those Democrats love them their Temples of social scientism. Real scientism too, in many respects. So maybe its that itch to have a finger in every pie. If the college is taking state money they have an in, as if a campus covered with left-wing douche-bags wouldn’t be all ears for a pol cut from the same cloth anyway.

    • Ed Naile

      Back in about 2004 we had a bill that said if you voted here you were a NH citizen with a legal domicile and no longer had to pay out-of-state tuition.
      UNH and other schools sent lawyers and such to oppose the bill.
      Testimony went on all day.
      The bill died.
      Sounded reasonable didn’t it?
      The Feds coming into NH before the next election is he only answer at this point.
      The AG will not prosecute potential voters of the Democrat Party.
      Plain and simple.

      • Radical Moderate

        That’s what I’m hoping for Ed. I suspect President Trump knows EXACTLY why he lost New Hampshire and is set and determined to make sure it doesn’t happen again. I will bet money that he will send the Justice Department to investigate and hold people criminally accountable for their actions or inaction’s during the last election. This includes a nullification of all the votes cast by out of state students which would of course throw the election of our new Progressive Democrat Washington DC delegation into the courts.
        If these pikers want to play hardball they picked the wrong President to play it with.
        Once again Ed, thank you for your hard work and perseverance on the vote theft occurring in NH. You are truly the Taxpayers knight in shining Carhartt’s!

  • Van Mosher

    That is a winning policy! NH house and Senate please take notice!!

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