A bill before the New Hampshire House shifts the burden of proof in voter disputes to the challenger. The Election Law Committee, on a 16-0 vote, is recommending passage for Senate Bill 206, scheduled before the House on Wednesday. “SB 206 amends current law by shifting the burden of proof to the challenger by requiring that the specific reason and source of the information for the challenge be provided, and that it be provided in writing,” Rep. Robert Perry, D-Strafford, in a written report on behalf of the committee, told the House.
That’s a big change. “Under current law, a person at the polling place who challenges a voter identification determined to be valid by election workers may do so verbally,” Perry said. “The voter is then required to fill out a challenged voter affidavit as if no identification by the voter had been presented.”