A New Hampshire House committee Tuesday reviewed controversial legislation that would tighten identification requirements for voting and registering to vote, with the bill expected to be presented to the full House within the next few weeks. Senate Bill 3 has divided lawmakers and activists along party lines. The Senate passed it by a 14-9 vote on March 30, sending it to the House. The House Election Law Committee spent several hours Tuesday going through the bill line-by-line on Tuesday, discussing technical changes proposed by the committee vice chairwoman, Rep. Yvonne Dean-Bailey, R-Northwood.
A provision of the bill that has been heavily debated would require supervisors of the checklist to follow up with voters who fail to provide proof of domicile in their towns on a timely basis. The bill would allow them to knock on doors of citizens if necessary to ask for proof.
Dean-Bailey’s proposed amendment makes it clear the local officials would be authorized to hand off those follow-up requirements to the Secretary of State’s office if they choose.