HB119 (2013) Detail

Relative to voter registration.


13Mar2013… 0494h

05/23/13 1621s





AN ACT relative to voter registration.

SPONSORS: Rep. Horrigan, Straf 6; Rep. Moody, Rock 17; Rep. K. Ward, Straf 21

COMMITTEE: Election Law


This bill modifies the voter registration form.

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

13Mar2013… 0494h

05/23/13 1621s




In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Thirteen

AN ACT relative to voter registration.

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

1 Voter Registration. Amend RSA 654:7 to read as follows:

654:7 Voter Registration; Voter Registration Form.

I. Any person registering to vote shall be:

(a) At least 18 years of age on the day of the election; and

(b) A United States citizen; and

(c) Domiciled in the town or city in which the applicant is registering to vote and not otherwise disqualified to vote.

II. The applicant shall be required to produce appropriate proof of qualifications as provided in RSA 654:12 and fill out the form as prescribed in paragraph IV.

III. If an applicant is unable to provide the proof of qualifications as required in RSA 654:12, he or she may register by completing the necessary affidavits, pursuant to RSA 654:12, and completing the form in paragraph IV.

IV. A standard registration application form shall be used throughout the state. The registration form shall be no larger than 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches. The secretary of state shall prescribe the form of the voter registration form, which shall be in substantially the following form:

Date _________________


(Please print or type)

1. Name ____________________________________________________________________________________

Last (suffix) First Full Middle Name

2. Domicile Address __________________________________________________________________________

Street Ward Number


Town or City Zip Code

3. Mailing Address if different than in 2 _______________________________________________________

Street Ward Number


Town or City Zip Code

4. Place and Date of Birth ____________________________________________________________________

Town or City State


5. If a naturalized citizen, give name of court where and date when naturalized _____________________________________________________________________________________________

6. Place last registered to vote ________________________________________________________________

Town or City


Street Ward Number

7. Name under which previously registered, if different from above


8. Party Affiliation (if any) ______________________________________________________

9. Driver’s License Number __________________________State ______________________

If you do not have a valid driver’s license, provide the last four digits of your social security number ___ ___ ____

My name is ____________________. I am today registering to vote in the city/town of ____________________, New Hampshire.

I understand that to vote in this city/town, I must be at least 18 years of age, I must be a United?States citizen, and I must be domiciled in this city/town.

I understand that a person can claim only one state and one city/town as his or her domicile at a time. A domicile is that place, to which upon temporary absence, a person has the intention of returning. By registering or voting today, I am acknowledging that I am not domiciled or voting in any other state or any other city/town.

[In declaring New Hampshire as my domicile] As a person domiciled in New Hampshire, I am subject to the laws of the state of New?Hampshire [which apply to all residents], including laws [requiring] that may require a driver to register a motor vehicle and apply for a New Hampshire’s driver’s license within 60 days of becoming a resident.

In declaring New Hampshire as my domicile, I realize that I am not qualified to vote in the state or federal elections in another state.

If I have any questions as to whether I am entitled to vote in this city/town, I am aware that a supervisor of the checklist is available to address my questions or concerns.

I acknowledge that I have read and understand the above qualifications for voting and do hereby swear, under the penalties for voting fraud set forth below, that I am qualified to vote in the above-stated city/town, and, if registering on election day, that I have not voted and will not vote at any other polling place this election.

____________________ ________________________________________________________________________

Date Signature

In accordance with RSA 659:34, the penalty for knowingly or purposefully providing false information when registering to vote or voting is a class A misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of imprisonment not to exceed one year and a fine not to exceed $2,000. Fraudulently registering to vote or voting is subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $5,000.

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