Bill Text: NH HB247 | 2017 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relative to retention of voter registration forms.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 6-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2017-04-27 - Ought to Pass with Amendment 2017-1435s, Motion Adopted, Voice Vote; OT3rdg; 04/27/2017; Senate Journal 15 [HB247 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2017-HB247-Introduced.html

HB 247 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2017 SESSION

17-0491

03/01

 

HOUSE BILL 247

 

AN ACT relative to retention of voter registration forms.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Hoelzel, Rock. 3; Rep. J. Belanger, Hills. 27; Rep. Dean-Bailey, Rock. 32; Sen. Birdsell, Dist 19; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17; Sen. Gannon, Dist 23

 

COMMITTEE: Election Law

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires the city or town clerk to retain voter registration forms.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

17-0491

03/01

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT relative to retention of voter registration forms.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Voter Registration; Action by Supervisors.  Amend RSA 654:13 to read as follows:

654:13  Action by Supervisors.

I.  If the supervisors decide to add the name of the applicant to the checklist, then they shall [retain] forward the original of the registration form [for their own file, which] to the clerk of their town or city, who shall [be retained] retain it in accordance with RSA 33-A:3-a, and forward one copy to the supervisors of the checklist of the city or town of the applicant's last voting address if said address is in the state of Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island[, and send another copy to the clerk of their town or city].  Upon entry of the voter record in the statewide centralized voter registration database, the supervisors of the checklist in another New Hampshire city or town will receive notice through the statewide centralized voter registration database that the voter has moved.

II.  If the supervisors decide not to add the name of the applicant to the checklist, they shall send notification in writing to the applicant within 7 days stating the reason for the denial.  They shall write the word "REJECTED'' and the date of rejection across the registration form.  They shall [retain] forward the original registration form and a copy of the denial notification to the clerk of their town or city, who shall retain them in accordance with RSA 33-A:3-a.

2  Federal Post Card Application.  Amend RSA 654:23 to read as follows:

654:23  Effect.  Unless the supervisors of the checklist shall be of the opinion that the federal post card applicant does not qualify as a UOCAVA voter in the city or town as provided in RSA 654:3, they shall, at their next session for the correction of the checklist subsequent to their receipt of such federal post card application properly executed, cause his or her name to be added to the checklist and, if the applicant is domiciled outside the United States, a mark or sign clearly indicating that the application has been entered on the checklist for the purpose of voting in federal elections only.  Thereafter, if the person is domiciled outside the United States, he or she shall be entitled to vote by federal offices only absentee ballot at both federal primary and general elections.  The supervisors shall [retain] forward the registration form to the clerk of their town or city, who shall retain it in accordance with RSA 33-A:3-a [and forward a copy of the form to the clerk].  If the supervisors decide not to add the name of the applicant to the checklist, they shall send notification to the applicant in writing within 7 days stating the reason for that denial.  The supervisors of the checklist shall write the word "REJECTED'' and the date of rejection across the registration form.  They shall [retain] forward the registration form and a copy of the denial notification to the clerk of their town or city, who shall retain them in accordance with RSA 33-A:3-a.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

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