The Governor of the State of New Hampshire, through the Executive Council, has sent a letter to the NH State Supreme Court in an attempt to clarify the definition of RESIDENT vs. DOMICILE when it comes to voting.
It is a shame we are still falling for the resident/domicile scam that NH uses to let non-citizens vote in our Federal Elections.
The word RESIDENT is not even in Article 11 of the NH State Constitution.
See if you can please help me find it:
[Art.] 11. [Elections and Elective Franchises.] All elections are to be free, and every inhabitant of the state of 18 years of age and upwards shall have an equal right to vote in any election. Every person shall be considered an inhabitant for the purposes of voting in the town, ward, or unincorporated place where he has his domicile. No person shall have the right to vote under the constitution of this state who has been convicted of treason, bribery or any willful violation of the election laws of this state or of the United States; but the supreme court may, on notice to the attorney general, restore the privilege to vote to any person who may have forfeited it by conviction of such offenses. The general court shall provide by law for voting by qualified voters who at the time of the biennial or state elections, or of the primary elections therefor, or of city elections, or of town elections by official ballot, are absent from the city or town of which they are inhabitants, or who by reason of physical disability are unable to vote in person, in the choice of any officer or officers to be elected or upon any question submitted at such election. Voting registration and polling places shall be easily accessible to all persons including disabled and elderly persons who are otherwise qualified to vote in the choice of any officer or officers to be elected or upon any question submitted at such election. The right to vote shall not be denied to any person because of the non-payment of any tax. Every inhabitant of the state, having the proper qualifications, has equal right to be elected into office.
So here we are again, like Charlie Brown with the football, attempting to avoid the precise and common language of our NH State Constitution by pretending a word not found in our State Constitution supersedes all others so we can “legally” let non-domiciled, non-citizens, out-of-state college students vote in our NH Federal Elections – because they are too lazy to vote at home – where their driver’s license was issued, if they have one.
The words that are in our Constitution were selected with great care. That is why our State Supreme Court has avoided them for so long.
Inhabitant: A person who fulfills the requirements for legal residency. Oxford Dictionaries
Equal Right: Like for each member of a group, class, or society. Merriam Webster.
Person: Human, individual —sometimes used in combination especially by those who prefer to avoid man in compounds applicable to both sexes. Merriam Webster.
Domicile: A person’s fixed, permanent, and principal home for legal purposes Report your change of domicile. Merriam Webster.
Qualified Voter: The term that describes a person who fulfills all of the qualifications that are needed to vote. Black’s Law Dictionary.
The word RESIDENT is not in our State Constitution regarding elections because residents can be transient – like college students or campaign workers who come to NH and stay for months but are not domiciled here. They are recognized as citizens by other states and countries.
Resident: One who has his residence in a place. “Resident” and “inhabitant” are distinguishable in meaning. The word “inhabitant” implies a more fixed and permanent abode than does “resident;” and a resident may not be entitled to all the privileges or subject to all the duties of an inhabitant. Frost v. Brisbin, 19 Wend. (N. Y.) 11, 32 Am. Dec. 423. Black’s Law 2nd Edition.
Non-resident: One who is not a dweller within some jurisdiction in question; not an inhabitant of the state of the forum. Gardner v. Meeker, 1G!) 111. 40, 48 N. E. 307; Nagel v. Looinis, 33 Neb. 499, 50 N. Y. 441; Morgan v. Nunes, 54 Miss. 310. For the distinction between “residence” and “domicile,” see DOMICILE. Black’s Law, 2nd edition.
Permanent Resident: Any person who possesses his own permanent residence, and resides there, is a permanent resident. Black’s Law, 2nd edition.
If you are from any other state than New Hampshire and possess a driver’s license, you gave that state an address. It is on your driver’s license next to that picture of you.
No state can issue a driver’s license without meeting Federal law, US Code 49. Each state is mandated to have these things on your license – until you surrender that license or get a new one from another state.
Here is what a state shall require to grant you the privilege to drive, as well as a social security number when you apply:
REAL ID Act – Title II
(b) Minimum Document Requirements- To meet the requirements of this section, a State shall include, at a minimum, the following information and features on each driver’s license and identification card issued to a person by the State:
(1) The person’s full legal name.
(2) The person’s date of birth.
(3) The person’s gender.
(4) The person’s driver’s license or identification card number.
(5) A digital photograph of the person.
(6) The person’s address of principal residence.
(7) The person’s signature.
(8) Physical security features designed to prevent tampering, counterfeiting, or duplication of the document for fraudulent purposes.
(9) A common machine-readable technology, with defined minimum data elements.
How a Federal Court can justify letting NH have open voting borders is beyond the scope and intent of Federal Laws, the US and State Constitutions, and common sense.
That is why proponents of voter fraud in NH don’t want to go to Federal Court and chance losing their college student advantage.