HB309 (2013) Detail

Relative to filing for office.



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AN ACT relative to filing for office.

SPONSORS: Rep. Fields, Belk 4

COMMITTEE: Election Law


This bill clarifies requirements for filing on the last day of the filing period. This bill also requires a primary candidate to declare that he or she is a registered voter.

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

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In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Thirteen

AN ACT relative to filing for office.

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

14:1 Primary Candidate. Amend RSA 655:16 to read as follows:

655:16 Personal Filing. Except for those who must file with a town or city clerk, any person who files on the last day of the filing period must do so in person before the secretary of state; provided, however, that this requirement shall not apply to the filling of vacancies by party committees. If the person must file with a town or city clerk and is filing on the last day of the filing period, he or she shall do so in person.

14:2 Declaration of Candidacy. Amend RSA 655:17 to read as follows:

655:17 Declaration of Candidacy. Declarations of candidacy shall be in the following form and signed by the candidate:

I, _______________________, declare that I am domiciled in Ward _____, in the city (or town or unincorporated place) of __________________, county of ________________, state of New Hampshire, and am a [qualified] registered voter herein; that I am a registered member of the __________ party; that I am a candidate for nomination for the office of ____________ (or for delegate to the state convention) to be made at the primary election to be held on the ______ day of _______________; and I hereby request that my name be printed on the official primary ballot of the party in which I am registered as a candidate for such nomination or election. I declare that I am not a candidate for incompatible offices as defined in RSA 655:10, and that I am not a federal employee which makes me ineligible to file as a candidate for this office. I further declare that, if nominated as a candidate for said office or if elected as such delegate, I will not withdraw; and that, if elected, I will be qualified for and will assume the duties of said office.

14:3 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

Approved: May 8, 2013

Effective Date: July 7, 2013