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New Hampshire Senate Votes Down Online Voter Registration Bill

The state senate voted Thursday against a bill that would have allowed people to register online to vote. 

A Senate committee had already voted against the bill- which only seemed to strengthen the conviction of Senator Lou D’Allesandro as he argued for using federal funds to establish an online voter registration system.

"Why can’t we register online? We have 10 million dollars in the HAVA account. HAVA – Help America Vote Act!" D'Allesandro emphasized, "This is an opportunity. Let’s seize the day. 'Carpe Diem,' to go back to my Latin."

Voting along party lines, the senate killed the bill.

Opponents argued that it was that it was too costly a project, and that the state did not have the time or internet capacity to establish it on deadline.

Hannah McCarthy first came to NHPR an intern in 2015, returned as a Fellow the following year and then bounced around as a reporter and producer before landing as co-host of Civics 101. She has reported on everything from the opioid epidemic to State House politics to haunted woods of New Hampshire.

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