The New Hampshire House of Representatives is asking the state Supreme Court to weigh in on a bill requiring people registering to vote — including out-of-state students or military personnel — to also register their cars and obtain drivers’ licenses in New Hampshire. The request for an advisory opinion was made in writing Wednesday and made public by the court Thursday.
New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union attorney Gilles Bissonnette said Thursday that including the drivers’ license and vehicle registration requirement in establishing a voter’s eligibility amounts to a poll tax that forces people to pay the state to vote.
“We feel this bill is clearly unconstitutional,” Bissonnette said. “The bill requires people who exercise their fundamental right to vote to pay motor vehicle fees when they otherwise would not have to pay these fees.”