Bill Text: NH HB292 | 2021 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relative to the absentee ballot application process.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 6-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2021-04-13 - Introduced 04/08/2021 and Referred to Election Law and Municipal Affairs; Senate Journal 12 [HB292 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2021-HB292-Introduced.html

HB 292  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2021 SESSION

21-0402

08/10

 

HOUSE BILL 292

 

AN ACT relative to the absentee ballot application process.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Hill, Merr. 3; Rep. Silber, Belk. 2; Rep. Rice, Hills. 37; Rep. Rouillard, Hills. 6; Rep. Pearl, Merr. 26; Rep. Gunski, Hills. 6

 

COMMITTEE: Election Law

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes procedures for the verification of certain mail-in absentee voter applications.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

21-0402

08/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One

 

AN ACT relative to the absentee ballot application process.

 

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

 

1  New Section; Pre-Election Procedure; Verification of Mail-In Absentee Voter.  Amend RSA 657 by inserting after section 17-a the following new section:

657:17-b Verification of Mail-In Absentee Voter.

I. If an absentee voter indicates in the mailed-in absentee ballot application form that such voter wishes the absentee ballot to be mailed to an address other than that shown in the official checklist, and such voter returns the absentee ballot by mail, such voter shall be treated as a verified voter provided:

(a) The voter voluntarily shows the clerk a photo identification that meets the requirements of RSA 659:13, II a prior to election day; or

(b) The voter voluntarily includes a notarized signature on his or her completed absentee ballot application form.

II. The clerk shall mark the absentee ballot affidavit envelope "voter verified" and note on the clerk's list of absentee voters that the voter has been verified. The verified voter's signatures on the application for an absentee ballot shall not be compared to the voter's signature on the absentee ballot affidavit on election day.

III. A voter who does not provide verification pursuant to subparagraphs I(a)-(b) shall not be treated as a verified voter, and his or her signature on the application for an absentee ballot shall be compared to his or her signature on the absentee ballot affidavit on election day in the same manner as other voters.

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

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