HB1543 (2018) Detail

Relative to domicile of students for voting purposes.


HB 1543 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2018 SESSION

18-2097

03/04

 

HOUSE BILL 1543

 

AN ACT relative to domicile of students for voting purposes.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Stone, Rock. 1

 

COMMITTEE: Election Law

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill modifies the requirements for a student claiming domicile for voting purposes.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

18-2097

03/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen

 

AN ACT relative to domicile of students for voting purposes.

 

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

 

1  Voter; Domicile; Student.  Amend RSA 654:1, I-a to read as follows:

I-a.(a) Student status is a neutral factor in determining domicile for voting purposes, and the mere presence of a student at the place where an institution of learning is situated is not sufficient to entitle the student to vote there.  Student directories issued by a college, which include so-called permanent addresses for students are insufficient to overcome a presumption that college students who have duly registered to vote out-of-state are domiciled where they have so registered.  However, a student of any institution of learning may lawfully claim domicile for voting purposes in the New Hampshire town or city in which he or she lives while attending such institution of learning if the student is an “in-state” student for tuition purposes, and such student's claim of domicile otherwise meets the requirements of RSA 654:1, I. If the student is an “out-of-state” student for tuition purposes, or if the institution is a college or university that does not discern between "out-of-state" and "in-state" students, the student shall overcome domicile requirements by presenting evidence to show whether the student came to New Hampshire solely for attending school or whether he or she intends to make this state his or her home for the time being.  The burden is on the student to prove his or her domicile.  

(b)  “Evidence,” as used in subparagraph (a), shall include, but not be limited to, vehicle registration, driver’s license, city or county car stickers, payment of state or local taxes, participation in community and professional activities in New Hampshire, the presence of immediate family members in the state, and length of time in the state.  The controlling inquiry in deciding the domicile of students for voter registration purposes is where does the student actually make his or her home and claim for the time to exercise the rights of property or of citizenship incident to or resulting from permanent domicile.  

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

Links

HB1543 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 25, 2018 House Hearing
Feb. 13, 2018 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 6, 2018 House Floor Vote
March 15, 2018 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1543 Revision: 2100 Date: Nov. 6, 2017, 2:45 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2018 Introduced 01/03/2018 and referred to Election Law HJ 1 P. 14
Jan. 25, 2018 Public Hearing: 01/25/2018 01:00 PM LOB 308
Feb. 13, 2018 Executive Session: 02/13/2018 11:00 AM LOB 308
Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 20-0; CC)
March 6, 2018 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/06/2018 (Vote 20-0; CC) HC 9 P. 16
March 6, 2018 Removed from Consent (Rep. Stone) 03/06/2018 HJ 6 P. 4
March 6, 2018 Suspend House Rule 65 (Reps. Hinch, Shurtleff): MA VV by necessary two-thirds vote 03/06/2018 HJ 6 P. 125
Special Order to 3/15/2018 Without Objection HJ 7 P. 49
March 15, 2018 Suspend House Rule 65; extending deadline for action to 3/22/2018 (Reps. Hinch, Shurtleff): MA VV by necessary two-thirds vote 03/15/2018 HJ 8 P. 69
March 22, 2018 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 03/22/2018 HJ 10 P. 15