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House Passes Bill Expanding Voter Residency Requirements

Tracy Lee Carroll, NHPR


The New Hampshire House is backing a bill that would require a person to live in the state for 30 days before they can vote.

Supporters of such legislation say they want to crack down on "drive by" voting to ensure people voting in New Hampshire elections actually live here. But critics say the state shouldn't restrict who can and can't vote. Students or others who move to the state less than 30 days before an election shouldn't be barred from voting, they say.

At least 15 other states have 30-day residency requirement laws. Secretary of State Bill Gardner backs the residency requirement.

The House's version of the bill lays out various criteria election workers can look at to decide someone's eligibility, including whether they have a driver's license.

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