GST Testimony on Election Law

Jan 11, 2019 by

GST Testified against Bills to Eliminate the Reforms of Senate Bill 3 and House Bill 1264.
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.

The NH House Election Law Committee met on 1/10/19 to hear testimony on both bills.
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.

GST Chairman Ray Chadwick spoke against HB 105 and HB 106 to the House Election Law Committee.
Deputy Secretary of State Dave Scanlan and Rep. Barbara Griffin (former Election Law Chair) also testified.

Chadwick submitted written comments (click to read) and made these points in verbal testimony:
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.
The US Supreme Court has affirmed that states have the right to determine whether voters are residents.
The NH Supreme Court has ruled that HB 1264 requiring voters to be residents is constitutional.
New Hampshire is unique in allowing people to vote here without documenting a presence in state.
Massachusetts laws are like SB 3 and HB 1264, but Democrats and League of Women Voters aren’t suing them.

Click here to read more in the Union Leader.
Click here to read more at InDepthNH.

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