What Does N.H.'s New Voter Residency Law Actually Change? For Now, State Officials Aren't Saying

New Hampshire Public Radio,  September 21, 2019

New Hampshire is heading into a busy election season, with municipal contests in November, and the first-in-the-nation presidential primary not far behind. This is the first election season since a new law went into effect that redefined the state’s residency standards. ...

Under the change, if you want to claim residency for one purpose, like voting in New Hampshire, you have to claim it for all purposes — and follow all of the rules that come with that. But this new residency definition doesn’t just apply to voting. It could also determine who needs to get a New Hampshire ID, who needs to register a car here, who can get hunting licenses and more. So, depending on how the state enforces the new law, it could have wide-reaching consequences. ...

It’s not just reporters who have been asking state officials for more clarity on HB1264. The local election officials responsible for disseminating accurate information about residency and voting rules have also been left in the dark. And that’s especially problematic in places with large clusters of people who split their time between New Hampshire and another state — like college towns.

By Casey McDermott

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