SB320 (2018) Detail

Relative to checklists used at elections.











AN ACT relative to checklists used at elections.


SPONSORS: Sen. Gray, Dist 6


COMMITTEE: Election Law and Internal Affairs






This bill modifies the limitation on the content of checklists used at elections.  This bill also deletes obsolete statutory references.


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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.






In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen


AN ACT relative to checklists used at elections.


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


100:1  Checklists.  Amend RSA 654:25 to read as follows:

654:25  Preparing Checklist.  The secretary of state shall issue and distribute guidelines for the content, composition, and style of checklists and for the maintenance of data related to checklists by which the supervisors of the checklist shall compile and correct the checklist.  Such guidelines shall specify the information which will be maintained and updated by the supervisors.  The secretary shall establish standard forms and procedures for the use of the supervisors for the maintenance of such information.  The information to be maintained and updated shall include the full name, domicile address, mailing address, and party affiliation, if any, of each voter on the checklist and such other information as the secretary requires.  Every checklist used at any election shall at a minimum contain the full name, domicile address, mailing address, and party affiliation, if any, of each voter on the checklist.  The paper checklists used by ballot clerks on election day need not include mailing addresses.  The name and address of a voter shall not appear on the checklist at the request of the voter if the voter presents to the supervisors of the checklist a valid protective order pursuant to RSA 173-B.  The name, domicile address, and mailing address, if different, of such a voter shall be maintained on a separate list of voters, which shall be nonpublic and not subject to RSA 91-A.  If it is necessary to establish such a nonpublic list, the public checklist shall be marked at the end with a notation of the number of voters whose names are maintained on the nonpublic list.

100:2  Reference Deleted.  Amend RSA 659:98 to read as follows:

659:98  Delivery of Ballots to Town Clerk.  The moderator, or the moderator's designee, and the selectmen, or their designee, after they have sealed and certified the state election ballots as provided in RSA 659:95 and RSA 659:96, shall deliver the sealed containers to the town or city clerk, or to the clerk's designee, who shall in their presence enter in the appropriate place on each sealer the time of day and shall sign his or her name in the appropriate blank on the sealer.  [Except as provided in paragraphs II and III,] The clerk or the clerk's designee shall, without breaking the seals or otherwise changing the condition of the containers, deposit the containers in the town or city hall, where the ballots shall be kept for a period set forth in RSA 33-A:3-a.

100:3  Reference Deleted.  Amend RSA 669:25 to read as follows:

669:25  Conduct.  In towns which have adopted an official ballot system, the town election shall be conducted in the same manner as a state general election as provided in RSA 658 and 659, except that RSA 659:77, III-V[,] and 659:78[, and 659:98, II and III] shall not apply, and except that all duties required to be performed by the secretary of state under those chapters shall be performed by the town clerk, and except that no copy of marked or unmarked checklists need be forwarded to the state archives or federal district court as provided in RSA 659:102.  Polling hours for a town meeting or election shall be set by the selectmen or by a vote of the town.

100:4  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.


Approved: May 25, 2018

Effective Date: July 24, 2018


SB320 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 9, 2018 Senate Hearing
Feb. 15, 2018 Senate Floor Vote
March 29, 2018 House Hearing
April 11, 2018 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
April 19, 2018 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB320 Revision: 4025 Date: May 30, 2018, 2:01 p.m.
SB320 Revision: 3563 Date: April 20, 2018, 10:54 a.m.
SB320 Revision: 2716 Date: Dec. 8, 2017, 12:02 p.m.


May 25, 2018: Signed by the Governor on 05/25/2018; Chapter 0100; Effective 07/24/2018

April 26, 2018: Enrolled (In recess 04/26/2018); SJ 15

April 26, 2018: Enrolled 04/26/2018

April 19, 2018: Ought to Pass: MA VV 04/19/2018 HJ 13 P. 30

April 19, 2018: FLAM # 2018-1650h (NT) (Rep. Bates): AF DV 96-225 04/19/2018 HJ 13 P. 29

April 19, 2018: Removed from Consent (Rep. Bates) 04/19/2018 HJ 13 P. 2

April 19, 2018: Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 04/19/2018 (Vote 18-0; CC) HC 15 P. 4

: Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 18-0; CC)

April 11, 2018: Executive Session: 04/11/2018 LOB 308

April 11, 2018: Full Committee Work Session: 04/11/2018 12:30 PM LOB 308

March 29, 2018: Public Hearing: 03/29/2018 10:30 AM LOB 305-307

March 7, 2018: Introduced 03/07/2018 and referred to Election Law HJ 7 P. 50

Feb. 15, 2018: Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg; 02/15/2018; SJ 4

Feb. 15, 2018: Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 02/15/2018; Vote 5-0; CC SC 7

Jan. 9, 2018: Hearing: 01/09/2018, Room 102, LOB, 09:00 am; SC 48

Jan. 3, 2018: To Be Introduced 01/03/2018 and Referred to Election Law and Internal Affairs; SJ 1