Tackling a handful of bills aimed at expanding or restrict voter eligibility, the New Hampshire House on Wednesday approved a 10-day residency requirement for new voters. The bill, which now goes to the Senate, would require voters to be domiciled in the state for 10 days before an election. It also would change the definition of domicile to exclude those who are in the state temporarily or don’t intend to make it their home.
Under current law, “domicile” is generally applied to someone who plans to live in the state for the forseeable future — college students, example — while a “resident” plans to stay indefinitely.
Supporters argue the changes are needed to prevent fraud and to keep the votes of actual residents from being diluted by college students.
“If an individual comes from another state and votes in New Hampshire, it cancels out the vote of our citizens,” said Rep. William Gannon, a Republican from Sandown.