While Representative Norman Silber, a first-term Republican from Gilford, initially hoped to get rid of same-day voter registration, he now says it seems like more trouble than it’s worth at this time. “I think there’s too many problems associated with that at this time,” Silber told the House Election Law Committee Wednesday, explaining his plans to revise and resubmit the bill that would’ve included the repeal. Speaking after the committee hearing, Silber said he decided to change plans after hearing concerns that getting rid of same-day voter registration could require the state to comply with other federal voting mandates.
New Hampshire enacted same-day voter registration in 1994 under a Republican governor and Legislature as an alternative to the so-called “Motor Voter Law” (or National Voter Registration Act of 1993). The law requires states to offer voter registration through motor vehicle agencies and public assistance offices.
Gov. Chris Sununu expressed support for repealing same-day voter registration in November, shortly after his election, but has not publicly addressed the issue in recent months.