HB1288 (2020) Detail

Relative to the form of a candidate's name on the official ballot in nonpartisan town elections.


HB 1288 - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

13Feb2020... 0128h

2020 SESSION

20-2089

11/10

 

HOUSE BILL 1288

 

AN ACT relative to the form of a candidate's name on the official ballot in nonpartisan town elections.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21; Rep. Edgar, Rock. 21; Rep. Bushway, Rock. 21; Rep. Janvrin, Rock. 37; Rep. Maggiore, Rock. 22; Sen. Levesque, Dist 12

 

COMMITTEE: Municipal and County Government

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill specifies the form that a candidate's name may take on a town election ballot when the town in which the candidate intends to run for office has adopted the nonpartisan ballot system.  The bill also clarifies that the requirement that a candidate's surname be included on the ballot may not be waived.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

13Feb2020... 0128h

20-2089

11/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT relative to the form of a candidate's name on the official ballot in nonpartisan town elections.

 

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

 

1  Nominations; Nominations by Primary; Form of Candidate's Name on Ballot.  Amend RSA 655:14-b, I-II to read as follows:

I.  Every candidate for state or federal office who intends to have his or her name printed upon the ballot of any party for a primary shall designate in the declaration of candidacy, or on the primary petitions and assents to candidacy, the form in which the candidate's name shall be printed on the ballot.  The designated name may include the candidate's given name or a shortened form of the candidate's given name or a one-word nickname customarily related to the candidate, and by which the candidate is commonly recognized.  The designated name may also include an initial for the first or middle name, or both.  No candidate may designate a nickname that implies that the candidate is some other person, that constitutes a slogan or otherwise associates the candidate with a cause or issue, that has an offensive or profane meaning, or that creates a perception of a professional or vocational affiliation, such as "Doc" or "Coach."  No candidate may designate a name or nickname that includes characters other than the 26-letter English alphabet, a dash, an apostrophe, a period, or a comma.  A candidate shall include his or her surname in the designation of the form in which the candidate's name shall be printed on the ballot.  The requirement that a candidate's surname be included on the ballot shall not be waived.

II.  Every candidate for state or federal office who intends to have his or her name placed on the ballot for the state general election by means other than nomination by party primary shall designate in the declaration of intent the form in which the candidate's name shall be printed on the ballot.  The designated name may include the candidate's given name or a shortened form of the candidate's given name or a one-word nickname customarily related to the candidate, and by which the candidate is commonly recognized.  The designated name may also include an initial for the first or middle name, or both.  No candidate may designate a nickname that implies that the candidate is some other person, that constitutes a slogan or otherwise associates the candidate with a cause or issue, that has an offensive or profane meaning, or that creates a perception of a professional or vocational affiliation, such as "Doc" or "Coach."  No candidate may designate a name or nickname that includes characters other than the 26-letter English alphabet, a dash, an apostrophe, a period, or a comma.  A candidate shall include his or her surname in the designation of the form in which the candidate's name shall be printed on the ballot.  The requirement that a candidate's surname be included on the ballot shall not be waived.

2  New Section; Form of Candidate's Name on Ballot; Nonpartisan Ballot System.  Amend RSA 669 by inserting after section 19 the following new section:

669:19-a  Form of Candidate's Name on Ballot; Nonpartisan Ballot System.  Every candidate for town officer who intends to have his or her name printed upon the ballot shall designate in the declaration of candidacy the form in which the candidate's name shall be printed on the ballot.  The designated name may include the candidate's given name or a shortened form of the candidate's given name or a one-word nickname customarily related to the candidate, and by which the candidate is commonly recognized.  The designated name may also include an initial for the first or middle name, or both.  No candidate may designate a nickname that implies that the candidate is some other person, that constitutes a slogan or otherwise associates the candidate with a cause or issue, that has an offensive or profane meaning, or that creates a perception of a professional or vocational affiliation, such as "Doc" or "Coach."  No candidate may designate a name or nickname that includes characters other than the 26-letter English alphabet, a dash, an apostrophe, a period, or a comma.  A candidate shall include his or her surname in the designation of the form in which the candidate's name shall be printed on the ballot.  The requirement that a candidate's surname be included on the ballot shall not be waived.

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

Links

HB1288 at GenCourtMobile
HB1288 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 14, 2020 House Hearing
Jan. 22, 2020 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 6, 2020 House Floor Vote
Feb. 13, 2020 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1288 Revision: 8118 Date: Feb. 13, 2020, 2:57 p.m.
HB1288 Revision: 6902 Date: Dec. 2, 2019, 1:57 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Municipal and County Government HJ 1 P. 16
Jan. 14, 2020 Public Hearing: 01/14/2020 09:30 am LOB 301
Jan. 22, 2020 Executive Session: 01/22/2020 01:30 pm LOB 301
Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0128h (Vote 19-1; CC)
Feb. 6, 2020 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0128h for 02/06/2020 (Vote 19-1; CC) HC 5 P. 3
Feb. 13, 2020 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0128h for 02/13/2020 (Vote 19-1; CC) HC 5 P. 3
Feb. 13, 2020 Amendment # 2020-0128h: AA VV 02/13/2020 HJ 3 P. 3
Feb. 13, 2020 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2020-0128h: MA VV 02/13/2020 HJ 3 P. 3
March 11, 2020 Introduced 03/11/2020 and Referred to Election Law and Municipal Affairs; SJ 7