A bill to tighten New Hampshire’s voter registration identification requirements – one of the major Republican initiatives of the 2017 legislative session – was quietly signed into law by Gov. Chris Sununu on Monday. The governor’s office included Senate Bill 3 on a list of 18 bills he signed into law. There was no public bill signing ceremony, as had been the case when he signed several other high-profile bills in recent weeks. … The signing came amid a related controversy surrounding Sununu’s support for Secretary of State William Gardner’s intention to provide state voter data to President Donald Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.
… The new law requires those who register to vote within 30 days of an election or on Election Day to show proof that they live in the communities that they claim as their domiciles. If they do not show documentation, they are still allowed to vote but they must fill out affidavits swearing to their residencies and must follow up with documentation at a later date.
If the documents are not provided by the deadline, local officials are empowered under the bill to visit the address provided by the voters to check to see if they are domiciled there or to refer the cases to the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s Office for further investigation.
The bill was approved by the state Senate in March. The House made several technical changes to clarify the process and passed its version June 1. A week later, the Senate concurred with the with the House changes.