GST Submitted Testimony Against HB 1279 and HB 1653 which would bring back Drive-By Voting.
Click here for status information and a link to read HB 1279, which has the following summary:
“This bill amends the general statutory definitions of “resident or inhabitant” and “residence or residency” to include an intent to maintain a principal place of physical presence for the indefinite future. The bill restores language removed from the law in 2018, 370 (HB 1264).”
Click here for status information and a link to read HB 1653, which has the following summary:
“This bill modifies the definition of domicile for voting purposes, modifies forms and procedures for voter registration, and removes the requirement that the secretary of state conduct post-election voter registration inquiries.”
GST Opposes HB 1279 and HB 1653 which would repeal HB 1264 and bring back “Drive By Voting.”
HB 1264 defined residency to close the loophole allowing residents of other states to vote here.
HB 1264 rectified issues in prior law that enabled non-residents to vote and hold office in New Hampshire.
On July 12, 2018, a NH Supreme Court Opinion found House Bill 1264 to be constitutional.
Requiring voters be bona fide residents, and prove that they are, is common in all other states and DC.
HB 1264 provides equal protection under law.
HB 1279 and HB 1653 would again make New Hampshire unique in the country by allowing voting by known residents of other states.
The House Election Law Committee met 1/22/20 to hear testimony.
Click here to read the position submitted by GST Chairman Ray Chadwick.
Click here to find your Legislators. Tell them to oppose this legislation!
Posted by: GST Chairman Ray Chadwick