A new law in New Hampshire requires that voters moving to the state within 30 days of an election provide proof that they intend to stay and subjects them to an investigation if they can’t provide the proof and want to vote in future elections. Earlier this year, President Donald Trump alleged widespread voter fraud in New Hampshire, although there’s been no evidence to support this. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed the bill into law Monday, effective in 60 days. It provides that those who can’t provide proof such as a driver’s license or lease would still be allowed to vote, but if they don’t follow up with elections officials within 10 to 30 days, authorities could go to their homes to investigate. In cases where officials can’t verify someone’s address, the voter would be removed from the voter rolls for future elections.
During debate on the measure, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn called it “a stink bomb thrown into the voting booth.” Democrats argued that the lengthy registration form the measure requires would confuse voters. They said some people whose names are not on leases or mortgages, such as homeless voters or domestic violence victims, would have to get written statements verifying their addresses.
But Republicans, who control the Legislature, contended existing state laws create the potential for fraud and the governor said after the bill was passed last month that “as host of the First in the Nation primary, New Hampshire has the obligation to ensure our system is beyond reproach.”
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