For months now we have talked about the Republican attack on voting rights as they pushed HB 372 through the New Hampshire House. The bill would redefine “domicile” status for voting purposes, effectively forcing registrants to declare residency upon registering to vote, chilling the right to vote for college students in New Hampshire. The bill would also require that anyone who votes in New Hampshire legally change their residency to New Hampshire and would be required to pay all the fees associated with changing their residency.
On January 3rd, the New Hampshire State Senate is expected to discuss and vote on HB 372. Voting rights advocates are encouraging everyone to attend the Senate session.
HB 372 Legislative Vote
Wednesday January 3rd, 9:15am
State House, Concord
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College students and voting rights groups have been outspoken in their opposition to this bill from the beginning.
“HB 372 serves one purpose: to drastically decrease student turnout on campuses across New Hampshire,” said University of New Hampshire sophomore Isabella Arms. “Thousands of students, like me, move to New Hampshire every year to learn and contribute to our communities, with the hope of staying here to start our careers. However every year, Republicans in Concord make it their priority to disenfranchise the exact group of people they need to attract and retain in order for our state to grow and thrive. The state benefits from students like us when it means getting more federal money or electoral clout, but they don’t think we count when it comes to voting for local issues that affect us, including preventing tuition hikes or investing in workforce training.”
“Senator Sanborn’s amendment to House Bill 372 is the New Hampshire GOP’s latest attempt to stop college students from voting,” said Let America Vote President Jason Kander. “Last session’s Senate Bill 3 is still in court, but that isn’t keeping Republicans from trying to further stop eligible New Hampshire voters from voting. When a college student registers to vote, they shouldn’t be threatened with possible legal penalties for how their car is registered. Voter registration should be a simple, straightforward process for all eligible Granite Staters. This is classic voter suppression, and it’s clearly a Republican priority to stop college students in New Hampshire from being able to vote in the state where they spend the most time.
However after making the bold statement he would veto the legislation for its attack on the voting rights of college students, his resolve seems to be wavering.
Sununu told reporters, “There are some aspects that I’m supportive of, but there’s also some potential unintended consequences, and that’s what makes myself and some other folks across the state nervous. And that’s why we’ve asked them to go back and really take a look at not just what they’re trying to achieve but what the unintended consequences might be.”
With a Republican majority in the Senate there is a reasonable probability this bill will pass the Senate. This is why we need to reach out to our Senators and tell them to oppose this bill and kill it once and for all.
Make your voice heard and call your State Senator today!
America Votes will be holding phone banking sessions on:
- Friday, December 29th from 5 pm to 7 pm
- Tuesday, January 2nd from 5 pm to 7 pm