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New Hampshire students challenge state's voter registration law

Monday, September 17, 2012

Four New Hampshire college students from three schools are suing the state, seeking to block its enforcement of the amended voter registration law. The League of Women Voters is also involved in the litigation.

The students believe changes to the law could discourage out-of-state students from voting in New Hampshire.


The amended law requires voters to sign a statement declaring they are subject to all laws that apply to residents. That includes “laws requiring a driver to register a motor vehicle and apply for a New Hampshire driver license within 60 days of becoming a resident.” This could “freeze out” some eligible voters, such as visiting college students, the suit claims.

The lawsuit asks the court to either block enforcement of the law or to rule that voters who plan to leave the state in the future aren’t required to register their cars here, according to information provided by the League of Women Voters.

Students from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, Keene State College, Keene, and Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, are listed as plaintiffs in the suit.

The voter identification law, passed in 2012, also requires a photo ID beginning with the November election.

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