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0HB372relative to construction of the terms "resident," "inhabitant," "residence," and "residency."David Batesroll callsVoting0The House PASSED the bill on a 188-163 Roll Call Vote on 3/8/17. The bill crossed over to the Senate. The Senate Rereferred to Committee on a Voice vote on 5/31/17. On 12/6/17, the Committee Report was that the bill Ought to Pass with Amendment #2017-2536s. On 1/3/18, the Senate PASSED the bill with Amendment 2017-2536s on a 14-9 Roll Call vote. On 4/26/18, the House Voted to Non-Concur with Senate Amendment 2536s and to Request a Committee of Conference, on a Voice Vote. There were Conference Committee meetings on 5/15 and 5/17. Conference Committee Report; Not Signed Off.From House Calendar 20, dated 5/18/18: The original bill clarified the terms by removing the phrase “for the indefinite future” from the current statute. The Senate amendment provided a purpose statement for the bill and further clarified the definition. It also provided for a severability clause to be added to another election statute which is consistent with the intent of the original bill. House conferees agreed the language changes were consistent with the intent of the bill and House votes, but found that the purpose statement was not needed. The Senate did not agree to remove the purpose statement and agreement was not reached on the bill.
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1HB1264 textrelative to construction of the terms "resident," "inhabitant," "residence," and "residency."Sponsors: (Prime) Sherman Packard , Kathleen Hoelzel, John Graham, Richard Hinchroll callVotingOThe Majority Committee report was that the bill Ought to Pass. The vote was 11-9. See House Calendar 9, page 51. At the House session on 3/6, a motion to TABLE the bill FAILED on a roll call vote. The House then PASSED the bill on a roll call vote. The bill crossed over to the Senate. There was a public hearing in the Senate Election Law and Internal Affairs Committee on 4/10. The Committee Report on 4/25 is that the bill Ought to Pass, for the 5/2 Senate Session; see SC 19 . See column N for details on the Committee's vote. On 5/2 Floor Amendment #2018-1890s Passed on a Voice vote. A motion to Table the bill Failed on a 10-14 Roll Call vote. The Senate then PASSED the bill with Amendment 2018-1890s on a 14-10 Roll Call vote; see SJ 15 (See column O for details). On 5/10, The House Voted to Concur with Senate Amendment 1890s on a 182-156 Division Vote. LWV: opposes; Campaign for Voting Rights; AFSCaudioLWV: "yet another voter suppression bill to muddy the waters... This bill is the same language as HB372. It would create a post election poll tax by requiring you to register you car and get a New Hampshire drivers licence after voting here. We need to continue to send a strong message that New Hampshire opposes this bill. www.concordmonitor.com/New-Hampshire-Senate-Election-Committee-greenlights-domicile-voting-bill-on-party-lines-17070761http://www.wmur.com/article/nh-senate-passes-gop-voter-residency-requirement-bill-along-party-lines/20127823
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1HB1666 textrelative to redistricting. This bill requires additional redistricting if election results exceed a specified efficiency gap.Sponsors: (Prime) Jerry Knirk , Jeff Woodburn, Ellen Read, Peter Somssich, Steven RandVotingSITLCommittee Report, 2/28 is Inexpedient to Legislate on a 20-0 vote. See House calendar 9, page 17. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote on 3/6.League of Women Voters supports the bill, and will testify
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2SB438 textrelative to the postponement of local elections.Sponsors: (Prime) Regina Birdsell;
Kathleen Hoelzel; Barbara Griffin; Jeff Woodburn
roll callVotingThe Committee Report is that the bill Ought to Pass with an amendment on 3/8. See Senate Calendar 9. The Senate PASSED the bill with Amendment 2018-0591s on a Voice vote on 3/8. See Senate Journal 6. The bill crossed over to the House, and there was a public hearing in the Election Law Committee on 3/29. There was a work session on 4/11 and on 4/19. There was an Executive Session on the bill on 4/24. Majority Committee Report is that the bill Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-1731h at the 5/2 House session. The vote was 11-9. At the House Session on 5/2, Amendment #2018-1731h Failed on a 155-176 Division Vote. Floor Amendment #2018-1762h Passed on a 178-158 Roll Call Vote. The House then PASSED the bill with Amendment 1762h on a Voice Vote. (see the 2 amendments in columns O and P). On 5/10, the Senate Voted to Nonconcur with House Amendment 1762h and to Request a Committee of Conference, on a Voice Vote. Conferrees were chosen for the Committee from the House and the Senate, but the House Conferrees were then changed. The Committee of Conference Committee meeting was held on 5/17, and Committee's Report, #2018-2059c was filed that day. (see the report in column Q ) On 5/23, the House voted not to adopt the Committee Report on a 118-225 Roll Call vote.http://lwvnh.org/files/testimony_sb438_a_3-29-18_.pdfaudioLeague of Women Voters: "...objects to the overreach of power by the state (in this case, the secretary of state) over the powers traditionally belonging to the towns/cities." The NH Municipal Assn says: “The bill was drafted by the Secretary of State’s office with no input from the NH Municipal Association or, to our knowledge, from anyone else. It does more than just give control over the ballot voting session to a state official who does not have, and has never had, any authority or any role in town meeting." https://www.nhmunicipal.org/Resources/LegislativeBulletin/150https://www.nhmunicipal.org/Resources/LegislativeBulletin/157#electionamendment 2018-1731hamendment #2018-1762hCommittee Report #2018-2059c explanation -the Senate passed a bill in March to allow the secretary of state to postpone elections, while the House version gave authority to town moderators. During the committee of conference, House members reluctantly backed the Senate version, absent one provision related to communities drafting detailed postponement plans
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2HB1772 textpermitting online voting registration.Sponsors: (Prime) William Pearson , Martha Fuller Clarkroll callVotingSITLThe Majority Committee Report: was that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate. The vote was 11-9. See House calendar 9, page 67. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a roll call vote.LWV: Online Voter Registration (OVR) is long overdue. As New Hampshire looks to more secure and modern elections, OVR is a key step. NH is falling dangerously behind since 37 other states have OVR. Let the Legislature know we should be finding ways to improve secure, modern registration processes.
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2HB1520 textrelative to access to ballots and relative to verification counts of machine-counted ballots.This bill establishes a procedure for public access to ballots and allows citizens to request a verification count of machine-counted ballots.Sponsors: (Prime) Ellen Read , Martha Fuller Clark, Martin Jack, Ivy Vann, Charlotte DiLorenzo, Sherry Frost, Timothy Horrigan, Timothy Smith, James McConnellVotingSITLThe Committee Report was that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate. The vote was 20-0. See House calendar 9, page 16. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote on 3/6.
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2CACR18 textrelating to recall elections. Providing that the general court may authorize recall elections.Sponsors: (Prime) Ellen Read , Timothy Smith, James McConnell, Charlotte DiLorenzo, Sherry Frostroll callVotingSITLThe Committee Report is that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate. The vote was 19-0. See House calendar 9, page 15. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote on 3/6.
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2HB1510 textrelative to voters using out-of-state drivers' licenses as identification. This bill requires the ballot clerk to provide information on license requirements for residents to a voter who uses an out-of-state driver's license for identification.Sponsors: (Prime) Michael Harrington, Gregory Hill, Norman SilberVotingOITLThe Committee Report was that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate. The vote was 20-0. See House calendar 9, page 16. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote on 3/6.LWV: opposes this bill; LWV: This bill makes sense only if everyone who votes also currently owns a car in NH, so is a student voter suppression bill; and could be seen as a poll tax to boot.
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2HB1583 textrelative to indicating citizenship on drivers' licenses and nondrivers' identification cards.Sponsors: (Prime) Daniel Itse , J.R. Hoell, David Bates, James Spillane, Chris TrueVotingOITLThe Committee Report was that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate. The vote was 17-2. See Houes Calendar 9, page 33. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote on 3/6.
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2HB1543 textrelative to domicile of students for voting purposes.This bill modifies the requirements for a student claiming domicile for voting purposes.Sponsors: (Prime) Brian StoneVotingOITLThe Committee Report was that the bill isInexpedient to Legislate for the 3/6 House session. The vote was 20-0. See HC 9 P. 16. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote on 3/22.AFSC; LWV: opposes billLWV: most heinous student voter suppression bill yet. Bans college students from voting in NH. Unlike other bills that try to hide this, like SB372
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HB1773 text
relative to campaign contributions and expenditures. Sponsors: Robert Renny Cushing; Ellen Read; Martha Hennessey; Marjorie Porter; Kate Murray; Daniel Innis; Mel Myler; Peter Somssich; Martha Fuller Clark; Werner Horn (r) roll callVotingS
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The Majority Committee Report was that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a 16-3 vote; ; see HC 5 P. 21. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on 2/8, on a roll call vote.LWV; Open Democracy said it is a top priorit bill for themThis bill establishes a fund to provide campaign financing for eligible candidates for governor, councilor and state seantor. also establishes a clean elections board and clean elections enforcement unit to administer the fund and enofrce campaign finance laws.
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SB527 text
relative to absentee voting. This bill establishes additional procedures for verification of absentee voter documents. This bill also establishes procedures for correcting errors and omissions by absentee voters.Sponsors: Regina Birdsell; James Gray; Kathleen Hoelzel VotingThe Committee Report was that the bill Ought to Pass with an amendment on 3/8. See Senate Calendar 9. The Senate PASSED the bill with an amendment on a Voice vote on 3/8. See Senate Journal 6. The bill crossed over to the House, and there was a public hearing in the Election Law Committee on 3/29. There was a work session on 4/11 and there was another work session on 4/19. The Committee Report: is that the bill Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-1656h for the 5/2 House Session; see HC 17 P. 7 . At the House Session on 5/3, Floor Amendment #2018-1800h PASSED on a Voice Vote. The House then PASSED the bill with Amendment 1656h and 1800h on a Voice Vote. On 5/10, the Senate Voted to Nonconcur with House Amendments 1656h abd 1800hand Requested a Committee of Conference, on a 13-9 Roll Call vote. The Committee of Conference met on 5/15. Conference Committee Report #2018-1999c was filed on 5/17. (see the Report in column N)audioLWV: this bill would require those voting absentee to submit a photocopy of an acceptable photo ID such as a drivers license with the application. Failure to do so would have the elections officials revert to the current system of comparing the signature on the application with that on the ballot application, so at least there remains that “out” for people who don’t drive—such as elderly or people with handicaps who wish to vote absentee for acceptable reasons.Conference Committee Report #2018-1999c
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3HB1540 textrelative to ranked-choice voting.This bill establishes procedures for ranked-choice voting for federal and state officesSponsors: (Prime) Ellen Read , Keith Ammon, Charlotte DiLorenzo, Amanda Bouldin, Sherry Frost, Steven RandVotingITLThe Committee Report was that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate. The vote was 19-1. See House Calendar 9, page 16. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote on 3/6.
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3HB1220 textrelative to valid identification to obtain a ballot. This bill requires that a driver's license used by a person under 70 years of age to obtain a ballot be current or expired less than 5 years.
Sponsors: (Prime) Lisa FreemanVotingITLThe Committee Report was that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate. The vote was 20-0. See HC 9 P. 15. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote on 3/6.LWV: opposes the billLWV: in this bill the target is people 65-70 who may no longer drive but do use an expired license as ID at the polls; makes the voter ID law tougher on the elderly
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3HB1568 textallowing voters to register as members of political organizations. If one percent of the voters register as a member of an organization, it qualifies as a "party."
Sponsors: (Prime) Caleb Dyer , Brandon PhinneyVotingTThe Committee Report was that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate. The vote was 20-0. See HC 9 P. 17. The House TABLED the bill on a Voice vote on 3/22.
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3HB1240 textallowing voters to vote for multiple candidates for an office.Sponsors: (Prime) Caleb Dyer , Joseph Stallcop, Timothy Josephsonroll callVotingITLThe Committee Report was that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate. The vote was 20-0. See HC 9 P. 15. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a 281-44 roll call vote on 03/22.
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3HB1448 textrelative to the definition of "party" for election purposes.Sponsors: (Prime) Caleb Dyer , Brandon PhinneyVotingITLThe Committee Report was that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate. The vote was 18-2. See HC 9 P. 39. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote on 3/6.
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3HB1423 textrelative to election assistance for cities and towns.This bill requires the secretary of state to assist cities and towns in conducting local elections and establishes a municipal grant program to fund innovative election procedures and voter registration expansion. Sponsors: (Prime) William PearsonVotingITLThe Majority Committee Report was that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate for the 2/7 House session, on a vote of 14-5; see HC 5 p. 21. The House Voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote on 2/8.From HC 5: This bill creates a municipal grant program whereby the NH Secretary of State would be able to allocate dollars retained from the Help America Vote Act to assist municipalities with elections. The bill also requires by law that the Secretary of State must maintain a current, accurate, and navigable website so that voters and election officials will be able to know their rights and responsibilities with greater ease.
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3HB1406 textrelative to concealed carry licenses and evidence of domicile for voting purposes.Sponsors: (Prime) Timothy HorriganVotingITLCommittee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for the 02/07 House session. The vote was 20-0; see HC 5 P. 5. The House Voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote 2/8.
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SB439 text
This bill repeals the authority to share voter information or data with other states.
Sponsors: (Prime) Bette Lasky
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The Committee Report was that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate; See Senate Calendar 7. The Senate voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a roll call vote on 2-15.
AFSC; America Votes - spoke in favor of bill at public hearing. Recommended using ERIC system instead of Cross Check; Open Democracy indicated support of the bill. AFSC: This bill repeals the authority to share voter information or data with other states. This includes the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, participation in which was approved by the legislature in the previous session. The Crosscheck Program is headed by Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, who recently led the now disbanded “Election Integrity Commission.” At the public hearing on the bill, the AG spoke against the bill; explained how the Crosscheck system worked. Was open to working with the ERIC system but said it was more expensive.his proposal.
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HB1770 text
relative to verification of checklists.Sponsors: (Prime) Gregory Hill , Lisa Freeman, Michael Moffett, Howard Pearl, Harold FrenchVoting
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The Committee Report was that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate, for the 3/6 House session. The vote was 20-0. See HC 9 P. 17. On 3/6, the House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote.
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