NH Republicans Have Effectively Disenfranchised Their State’s College Students

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2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls are supporting a proposal to strike down new voter restrictions in New Hampshire.

A New Hampshire law requiring college students to have permanent residency in order to vote is set to take effect in July. In response, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) is asking 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to back a petition to oppose the law mandating that out-of-state residents must register their cars and pay for a state driver’s license 60 days prior to voting.

Several candidates responded quickly to Shaheen's challenge to the law, which is currently being fought against in the courts. Shaheen argues that the law will limit the political participation in a crucial and crowded Democratic primary.

Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said in a tweet on Monday that the law, approved by New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu (R) in 2018, "is intended to disenfranchise college students from exercising their right to vote.”

Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.), another presidential hopeful, agreed with Harris, adding that a student's "right to vote is paramount."

Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), as well as former Representative Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) also supported the initiative.

Last month, the Democrat-controlled New Hampshire House passed a bill reversing the requirements. It still needs state Senate approval before it hits the desk of Governor Sununu.

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