HB1770 (2018) Detail

Relative to verification of checklists.


HB 1770-FN-LOCAL - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2018 SESSION

18-2699

03/01

 

HOUSE BILL 1770-FN-LOCAL

 

AN ACT relative to verification of checklists.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Hill, Merr. 3; Rep. Pearl, Merr. 26; Rep. M. Moffett, Merr. 9; Rep. Freeman, Hills. 12; Sen. French, Dist 7

 

COMMITTEE: Election Law

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires that the supervisors of the checklist request proof of qualification to vote from voters receiving absentee ballots at an address other than that claimed as the voter's domicile.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

18-2699

03/01

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen

 

AN ACT relative to verification of checklists.

 

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

 

1  Request to Correct the Checklist; Absentee Voter.  Amend RSA 654:36-a, II to read as follows:

II.  If the person is the subject of a request submitted by the clerk under RSA 657:15, II or the supervisors of the checklist determine that it is more likely than not that the person's qualifications are in doubt, [they] the supervisors of the checklist shall send a notice to the person and afford the person at least 30 days to provide proof of his or her qualifications.  If the person is the subject of a request submitted by the clerk under RSA 657:15, II, the supervisors shall send the notice to both the person's domicile address and the address used for mailing the absentee ballot.  If the person fails to respond to the 30-day  notice or responds but fails to provide proof that establishes that it is more likely than not that the person is qualified to vote in the town or ward, the person's name shall be removed from the checklist.  However, in no case shall a person's name be removed from the checklist prior to the election for which he or she requested an absentee ballot.  The supervisors of the checklist shall retain a copy of the notice in accordance with RSA 33-A:3-a.

2  New Paragraph; Absentee Voters Receiving Ballots Outside of the Town or Ward.  Amend RSA 657:15 by inserting after paragraph IV the following new paragraph:

V.  If the clerk mails an absentee ballot to a voter at an address other than the address the voter claimed as his or her domicile, the clerk shall immediately submit to the supervisors of the checklist a copy of the absentee ballot request along with a request for correction of the checklist that includes the mailing address submitted by the absentee voter.

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

 

LBAO

18-2699

11/27/17

 

HB 1770-FN-LOCAL- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to verification of checklists.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [    ] State              [    ] County               [ X ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

LOCAL:

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill requires the supervisors of the checklist to send a notice to a voter who has requested an absentee ballot at an address other than the one claimed by the voter as his or her domicile, requiring the voter to provide proof of his or her qualifications to vote.  The New Hampshire Municipal Association states this may result in an unknown and indeterminable increase in mailing costs, depending on the how often this circumstance may occur.

 

The Department of State states this bill will have no fiscal impact on the Department.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

New Hampshire Municipal Association and Department of State

 

Links

HB1770 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 16, 2018 House Hearing
Feb. 13, 2018 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 6, 2018 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1770 Revision: 2313 Date: Nov. 28, 2017, 3:04 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2018 Introduced 01/03/2018 and referred to Election Law HJ 1 P. 23
Jan. 16, 2018 Public Hearing: 01/16/2018 10:30 AM 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. 17
March 6, 2018 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 03/06/2018 HJ 6 P. 32