Report: Republicans Win Effort To Limit Student Voting Ahead Of Key 2020 Races
Republicans in New Hampshire are fighting to keep a law that would require out-of-state college students to obtain a state driver’s license if they wish to vote while they attend school, according to The Guardian.
The publication noted that New Hampshire holds outsized national influence in elections, making the battle over the law a situation being closely watched across the country.
Last week, Republicans scored a victory in their efforts when “US district judge Joseph LaPlante denied a request to block the law just months before the primary elections.”
According to the law, which took effect on July 1, “anyone who has registered to vote and intends to drive while living in the state must obtain a New Hampshire driver’s license and register their vehicle within 60 days of signing up.”
The ACLU of New Hampshire filed a lawsuit on the grounds that many states allow transient individuals, such as out-of-state students and military personnel, to be excluded from in-state license requirements for voting and contends that the law has caused confusion.
On Wednesday, “LaPlante denied that the law was confusing and pointed to a November memo from New Hampshire officials outlining how it would work” but also “asked the New Hampshire supreme court to clarify several aspects of the law, only adding to the uncertainty.”
The Guardian noted that Republicans in the state have complained about college voters in the past: “‘They are kids voting liberal, voting their feelings, with no life experience,’ William O’Brien, a Republican and then the New Hampshire house speaker, said in 2011.”