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State Supreme Hears Arguments On Voter Registration

Ben McLeod
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N.H. Supreme Court building in Concord

A lawyer for the state of New Hampshire says the language of a voter registration law that lower courts have declared confusing and unconstitutional is legally accurate.

In arguments to the NH Supreme Court Wednesday, Assistant Attorney General Stephen LaBonte says the 2012 law amending voter registration forms simply clarifies that those who reside here must abide by laws requiring them to obtain drivers' licenses and register their vehicles if they are residents.

A lawyer representing the civil liberties union argued the language of the law is misleading and discourages college students and others from voting.

They say it amounts to a poll tax that forces people to pay the state to vote.

The justices peppered both lawyers with questions but did not indicate when they will rule.

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