Six college students listed as plaintiffs in a lawsuit that challenges the Senate Bill 3 election reform bill are legally able to vote in New Hampshire and lack the standing necessary to challenge the law, New Hampshire officials said in recent court filings. The six produced proof of dormitory addresses, leases or New Hampshire driver licenses during the discovery process, when lawyers queried the opposing party about claims made in the lawsuit. Under the law, the documents are enough to prove residency for voting purposes. One of the six was registered to vote before the suit was filed; another voted twice after the suit was filed.
The New Hampshire Democratic Party and League of Women Voters filed the lawsuit shortly after Gov. Chris Sununu signed Senate Bill 3 last year. The lawsuit claims the new law will disenfranchise young voters and college students.
The defendants, Secretary of State Bill Gardner and Attorney General Gordon MacDonald, asked Superior Court Judge Kenneth Brown to schedule a hearing to address the issue of standing. An earlier judge, Charles Temple, had earlier ruled on standing, but lawyers defending the law noted that Temple left the issue open for a future challenge.