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House Asks N.H. Supreme Court To Weigh In On Proposed Voting Rules For Out-Of-State Students

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The New Hampshire House of Representatives is asking the state Supreme Court to weigh in on a bill requiring people registering to vote — including out-of-state students or military personnel — to also register their cars and obtain drivers' licenses in New Hampshire.

The request for an advisory opinion was made in writing Wednesday and made public by the court Thursday.

A New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union lawyer says including the drivers' license requirement in establishing a voter's eligibility amounts to a poll tax that forces people to pay the state to vote.

A Superior Court judge in July ruled the language could discourage people from voting. The ruling is being challenged.

People can file comments about the proposed legislation until March 30.

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