The state Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the Secretary of State does not have provide a detailed voter database to the N.H. Democratic Party, the League of Women Voters and other plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging Senate Bill 3, the new law on voter verification. A lower court had ordered release of the database to the plaintiffs, who claimed they needed certain information from it to make their case. “We conclude that the database is exempt from disclosure by statute, and we therefore vacate the trial court’s order,” states the unanimous order of the five justices.
The case challenging SB 3 has been working its way through the courts for the past two years. The law, enacted in 2017, changed the procedures for proof of domicile when registering to vote.
The plaintiffs have argued in several preliminary hearings that the law violates the state Constitution because it unduly burdens the right to vote and denies would-be voters trying to register within 30 days of an election equal protection under the law.