N.H. High Court Agrees Contested Voter Registration Language Is Unconstitutional

May 15, 2015


Credit Tracy Lee Carroll, NHPR

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that struck down a 2012 voter registration law, saying language that links voting to getting a driver's license is unconstitutional and could discourage some people from voting.

The court, in a unanimous decision Friday, said because the language is confusing and inaccurate, and because it could cause an otherwise qualified voter not to register to vote in New Hampshire, it imposes an "unreasonable" burden upon the right to vote.

Critics said it would keep out-of-state college students, active members of the military, medical students in residency and others from voting.

The attorney general's office said it clarifies that New Hampshire residents must abide by state laws requiring them to obtain driver's licenses and register their cars.