The NH Legislature is Considering Bills to Eliminate the Reforms of Senate Bill 3 and House Bill 1264.
GST has long advocated for reform of New Hampshire Election Laws.
GST supports legislation so that people who vote in New Hampshire actually live in New Hampshire.
New Hampshire is unique in the country in allowing people to vote who are residents of other states.
An out of state driver’s license certainly provides proof of identity, but also proves residency in another state.
In 2016, 6,540 people used an out of state driver’s license to register and vote in New Hampshire.
491 used an out of state driver’s license to change registration from one New Hampshire town to another.
New Hampshire is unique in allowing people to vote here without documenting a presence in state.
GST has worked the past two years with allies who stand for election integrity and reform.
Allies like Secretary of State Bill Gardner, Rep. Barbara Griffin, Sen. Regina Birdsell and Gov. Chris Sununu.
Senate Bill (SB) 3 required registrants to provide documentation showing a presence in state.
House Bill (HB) 1264 defined residency to close the loophole allowing residents of other states to vote here.
Both Senate Bill 3 and House Bill 1264 were strenuously opposed by Democrats.
The New Hampshire Democratic Party filed a (continuing) lawsuit against Senate Bill 3.
They hosted speakers to argue that HB 1264 implements a “poll tax” because residents need to pay taxes.
Bill Gardner supported SB 3, then Colin VanOstern ran against him for control of the Secretary of State office.
Democrat leaders filed briefs before the NH Supreme Court opposing HB 1264. (GST supported it.)
Democrat majorities in the NH House and Senate are seeking to eliminate these reforms.
They are considering House Bills 105 and 106, which overturn the reforms of SB 3 and HB 1264.
HB 105 also prohibits follow up by the Secretary of State of voter verification letters and potential voter fraud.
That includes investigating duplicates found through in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program.
Could it be that they see an electoral advantage in returning “drive-by voting” in New Hampshire?
Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont have laws identical to SB 3 and HB 1264, but Democrats aren’t suing them.
Contact your legislators and tell them to oppose HB 105 and HB 106!
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House Election Law Committee will hear testimony on HB 105 and HB 106 Thursday 1/10/19 at 1:00 PM.
Join us then in the Legislative Office Building Room 308 in Concord to support Election Law reform!