A day after Gov. Chris Sununu signed into law legislation to tighten voter registration identification requirements, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire said it is reviewing whether to mount a constitutional challenge. ACLU legal director Gilles Bissonnette, who was one of the most outspoken critics of Senate Bill 3 throughout the legislative session, in a statement called it “an attack on eligible voters’ voting rights.” Bissonnette said the bill improperly allows people to be fined for “doing nothing wrong other than not returning to a government agency with certain paperwork — paperwork that these legitimate voters may not have. Senate Bill 3 is also a violation of voters’ privacy by sending government agents to voters’ homes to check their documents. Requiring people to accept this government intrusion as a condition of voting will chill the right to vote.”
Asked by WMUR if he believes the bill is unconstitutional, Bissonnette said in an email, “At this stage, the most I am prepared to say is that we are carefully examining Senate Bill 3, but no final decision has yet been made on litigation.”
… Democrats have complained that Senate Bill 3 is an effort to suppress voting, particularly by young people. Other critics have complained that the new voting registration forms and affidavits outlined in the bill are burdensome and complicated.
Sen. Dan Feltes, D-Concord, has said that it “potentially constitutes an unconstitutional literacy test and a violation of the Voting Rights Act.”