Hanover-area officials are sounding the alarm over a bill they say would discourage New Hampshire college students from out of state from voting here. The Senate bill, which would require voters to seek residency in order to vote, would place unnecessary hurdles between students and the ballot box, according to opponents. But supporters counter that if passed, the law would clarify state election laws, and do a better job of vetting who is allowed onto the voter rolls. “I’m continually disappointed and frustrated, of course, by what I see as a nasty attempt to suppress voting, especially of college students,” said state Sen. Martha Hennessey, D-Hanover, on Wednesday.
Hennessey and her Democratic colleagues argue an amendment approved on Tuesday by the state Senate Election Law and Internal Affairs Committee would unfairly target out-of-state voters, which Democrats rely on to win statewide contests.
At issue is whether people should be forced to provide proof of residency when registering to vote in the state. Requirements would include providing utility bills or a rental agreement. A New Hampshire driver’s license and proof of registered motor vehicle also would be required.
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