Senate Bill 3 claims to address the issue of domicile and residence for voting purposes in New Hampshire. It fails. The Senate passed it anyway, and despite its flaws, it is up for consideration in the House.
The single biggest problem is non-resident college students voting in local elections instead of voting absentee where the tuition bill goes. SB3 gives its blessing to this practice. SB 3 is crap.
The solution to SB3 and non-resident tuition-paying college students interfering in local elections is simple. Scrap SB3’s language about college kids and replace it with University of New Hampshire’s rules to qualify for in-state tuition.
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.
Students must live here for 12 consecutive 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.
If the House doesn’t amend it, oppose it.