A proposal to host a pilot program of an electronic voter checklist in three New Hampshire communities next fall, including Manchester, is the subject of a public hearing before a state Senate subcommittee later this week. A hearing on proposed amendment 2016-1514s — an act relative to reports of death of voters and authorizing an electronic poll book trial program — is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27 at 10 a.m. before the Senate Public and Municipal Affairs Committee in the Legislative Office Building, Room 102. The proposed amendment would be tacked on to HB 1534, relative to reports of death of voters. If approved by committee members, the amendment would go before the full Senate on May 5.
“I think it will be passed out of committee favorably,” said Sen. David Boutin, R-Hooksett, the committee’s vice-chairman.
If passed by the full Senate, the amendment would then head back to the House later next month for a vote.
The amendment authorizes Manchester, along with Hooksett and Durham, to conduct trials of electronic voter checklist devices in the 2016 state primary election in September and general election in November. Manchester City Clerk Matt Normand has been working to secure approval to use a Poll Pad system from KNOWiNK in a trial run this fall, as a first step in his efforts to have the technology implemented statewide. Normand began researching the technology in response to reports of long wait times at polling locations in the Queen City during February’s presidential primary election.