Lawmakers in New Hampshire are trying to pass a bill that would change the definition of a “resident” when registering to vote. According to a New Hampshire college student writing for the ACLU, HB1264 would make those with out-of-state driver’s licenses or car registrations ineligible to vote unless they pay a fee. Otherwise, they will be charged with criminal penalties.
“If I vote and don’t change my license within 60 days, I could even be charged with a misdemeanor offense punishable with up to one year in jail.” -Maggie Flaherty, Sophomore at Dartmouth College
This law would put a large burden on college students voting in New Hampshire. For universities such as Dartmouth College, many students come from out of state but vote in New Hampshire for state and national elections. The passage of this law would deny students the right to vote within these states and could be voter suppression.
“So with the help of the ACLU and along with my fellow students, I am suing the New Hampshire Secretary of State and Attorney General to declare HB 1264 unconstitutional. HB 1264 creates unreasonable barriers for students like me who are engaged in our local political community and comprise an important voting bloc in the state.”