Bill Details - CACR6 (2019)

CACR 6 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2019 SESSION

19-0440

06/08

 

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 6

 

RELATING TO: elections.

 

PROVIDING THAT: any inhabitant who so desires may vote by absentee ballot in primary and general elections.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Frost, Straf. 16; Rep. Read, Rock. 17; Rep. Adjutant, Graf. 17

 

COMMITTEE: Election Law

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution provides that any qualified voter who desires to vote by absentee ballot may do so.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type

 

19-0440

06/08

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION PROPOSING CONSITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

 

RELATING TO: elections.

 

PROVIDING THAT: any inhabitant who so desires may vote by absentee ballot in primary and general elections.

 

Be it Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring,  that the

Constitution of New Hampshire be amended as follows:

 

I.  That article 11 of the first part of the constitution be amended to read as follows:

[Art.] 11.  [Elections and Elective Franchises.] All elections are to be free, and every inhabitant of the State of 18 years of age and upwards shall have an equal right to vote in any election.  Every person shall be considered an inhabitant for the purposes of voting in the town, ward, or unincorporated place where he has his domicile.  No person shall have the right to vote under the Constitution of this State who has been convicted of treason, bribery or any willful violation of the election laws of this State or of the United States; but the Supreme Court may, on notice to the Attorney General, restore the privilege to vote to any person who may have forfeited it by conviction of such offenses.  The General Court shall provide by law for voting by qualified voters who at the time of the biennial or state elections, or of the primary elections therefor, or of city elections, or of town elections by official ballot, [are absent from the city or town of which they are inhabitants, or who by reason of physical disability are unable to vote in person,] desire to vote by absentee ballot in the choice of any officer or officers to be elected or upon any question submitted at such election.  Voting registration and polling places shall be easily accessible to all persons including disabled and elderly persons who are otherwise qualified to vote in the choice of any officer or officers to be elected or upon any question submitted at such election.  The right to vote shall not be denied to any person because of the non payment of any tax.  Every inhabitant of the state, having the proper qualifications, has equal right to be elected into office.

II.  That the above amendment proposed to the constitution be submitted to the qualified voters of the state at the state general election to be held in November, 2020.

III.  That the selectmen of all towns, cities, wards and places in the state are directed to insert in their warrants for the said 2020 election an article to the following effect:  To decide whether the amendments of the constitution proposed by the 2019 session of the general court shall be approved.

IV.  That the wording of the question put to the qualified voters shall be:

“Are you in favor of amending article 11 of the first part of the constitution to read as follows:

[Art.] 11.  [Elections and Elective Franchises.] All elections are to be free, and every inhabitant of the state of 18 years of age and upwards shall have an equal right to vote in any election.  Every person shall be considered an inhabitant for the purposes of voting in the town, ward, or unincorporated place where he has his domicile.  No person shall have the right to vote under the Constitution of this State who has been convicted of treason, bribery or any willful violation of the election laws of this State or of the United States; but the Supreme Court may, on notice to the Attorney General, restore the privilege to vote to any person who may have forfeited it by conviction of such offenses.  The General Court shall provide by law for voting by qualified voters who at the time of the biennial or state elections, or of the primary elections therefor, or of city elections, or of town elections by official ballot, desire to vote by absentee ballot in the choice of any officer or officers to be elected or upon any question submitted at such election.  Voting registration and polling places shall be easily accessible to all persons including disabled and elderly persons who are otherwise qualified to vote in the choice of any officer or officers to be elected or upon any question submitted at such election.  The right to vote shall not be denied to any person because of the non payment of any tax.  Every inhabitant of the state, having the proper qualifications, has equal right to be elected into office."

V.  That the secretary of state shall print the question to be submitted on a separate ballot or on the same ballot with other constitutional questions.  The ballot containing the question shall include 2 squares next to the question allowing the voter to vote “Yes” or “No.”  If no cross is made in either of the squares, the ballot shall not be counted on the question.  The outside of the ballot shall be the same as the regular official ballot except that the words “Questions Relating to Constitutional Amendments proposed by the 2019 General Court” shall be printed in bold type at the top of the ballot.

VI.  That if the proposed amendment is approved by 2/3 of those voting on the amendment, it becomes effective when the governor proclaims its adoption.

VII.  Voters' Guide.

AT THE PRESENT TIME, only those voters who, at the time of an election, are absent from the city or town of which they are inhabitants, or who are unable to vote because of a physical disability may vote by absentee ballot.

IF THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED, any inhabitant who desires to vote by absentee ballot may do so.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 2, 2019 Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Election Law HJ 2 P. 47
Jan. 15, 2019 Public Hearing: 01/15/2019 02:00 pm LOB308
Feb. 6, 2019 Executive Session: 02/06/2019 10:00 am LOB 308
Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 12-7; RC)
March 7, 2019 Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 03/07/2019 (Vote 12-7; RC) HC 14 P. 9
Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate
March 7, 2019 Ought to Pass: MF DV 208-158 Lacking Necessary Three-Fifths Vote 03/07/2019 HJ 8 P. 22
March 7, 2019 Lay on Table (Rep. Ley): MA DV 222-146 03/07/2019 HJ 8 P. 23

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 15, 2019 House Hearing
Feb. 6, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 7, 2019 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

CACR6 Revision: 4554 Date: Jan. 2, 2019, 10:38 a.m.