A Senate-passed bill that modifies the definition of domicile to tighten up on voter registration in New Hampshire passed the House with amendments on Thursday, 191-162. SB 3 has been the focus of efforts by the Republican majority in the state Legislature to eliminate what they call “drive-by voting” by non-residents such as campaign workers or tourists. If the bill is signed into law by Gov. Chris Sununu as expected, a person registering to vote 30 or fewer days before an election would be required to provide the date they established their domicile in the state, and would have to complete a registration form to prove it.
Those who lack the required documents would still be allowed to vote, but would have to mail or present the proof to the town or city clerk’s office within 10 days after the election, or within 30 days if the clerk’s office is open fewer than 20 hours a week.
The supervisors of the checklist will be required to follow up on those voters who failed to mail or present their domicile evidence.
They could examine public records at town or city hall or, if necessary, deploy local officials to verify that the voter is legally at the address presented for registration.