SB630 (2020) Detail

Relative to removing names from the voter checklist.


SB 630-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2020 SESSION

20-2788

11/03

 

SENATE BILL 630-FN

 

AN ACT relative to removing names from the voter checklist.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Chandley, Dist 11; Sen. Morgan, Dist 23; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Rep. M. Murray, Hills. 22; Rep. Panasiti, Hills. 22; Rep. Radhakrishnan, Hills. 22; Rep. Dargie, Hills. 23; Rep. Williams, Hills. 4

 

COMMITTEE: Election Law and Municipal Affairs

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill clarifies the circumstances under which the supervisors of the checklist may remove a person from the checklist without sending notice by mail.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

20-2788

11/03

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT relative to removing names from the voter checklist.

 

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

 

1  Removing Names from the Checklist; Notice Required.  Amend RSA 654:44 to read as follows:

654:44  Removing Names from Checklist; Notice Required.  

I.  In the event that no evidence exists that demonstrates a voter has moved out of the town or ward in which he or she appears on the checklist, the supervisors shall remove no person's name from the checklist of their town or ward unless they shall send notice by mail to the last known address of the person whose name they wish to remove from the checklist stating the reason they are considering removing such person's name from the checklist.  Such notice shall also state the time and the place at which the supervisors shall meet to consider the removal of that person's name and shall give the date of such meeting which shall be at least 30 days after they send such notice.  At such meeting, the person whose name the supervisors wish to remove shall have a chance as he or she wishes to state in person or to present in writing personally, or by mail or other messenger, or by any such combination of these as the person chooses, the reasons why his or her name should be left on the checklist.  The supervisors shall not remove a person's name from the checklist until after the completion of the written or oral statement, if any, of the person whose name they wish to remove from the checklist at the meeting held at least 30 days after they sent the notice this section requires.  The supervisors shall retain a copy of the notice in accordance with RSA 33-A:3-a.

II.  The provisions of this section do not apply to the removal of the names of persons for whom the supervisors or the town clerk have received a report of transfer or death as provided in RSA 654:36, 654:36-b, 654:37, or 654:37-a, nor to the removal of names during the period for verification of the checklist as provided in RSA 654:38 or 654:39, nor to the removal of names of persons for whom they have received a notice from a duly authorized board of registration from a community outside New Hampshire stating that a person whose name is on the checklist of the town or ward in New Hampshire has registered to vote outside New Hampshire.  The provisions of this section shall not apply when a person provides in-person, email, written, or telephonic notification to the supervisors of the town or ward in which such person currently appears on the checklist that he or she has moved from such town or ward.

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

 

LBAO

20-2788

1/3/20

 

SB 630-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to removing names from the voter checklist.

 

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

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

LOCAL:

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

Indeterminable Decrease

Indeterminable Decrease

Indeterminable Decrease

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill modifies the circumstances under which the supervisors of the checklist may remove a name from the checklist.  The Department of State indicates this adjustment to the process may require training of local election officials, which could be incorporated into the existing training provided by the Department at no additional cost.  The Municipal Association states there may be a small but indeterminable reduction in local expenditures.  This reduction is due to the added provision allowing the supervisors of the checklist to remove a voter's name from the checklist without notification by mail to such person if the person previously notified the supervisors that he or she moved out of the town or ward.  The number of such instances will vary by municipality.  There should be no impact on municipal revenues.

 

It is assumed any fiscal impact from this bill will not occur until FY 2021.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of State and New Hampshire Municipal Association

 

Links

SB630 at GenCourtMobile
SB630 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 29, 2020 Senate Hearing
March 5, 2020 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB630 Revision: 7964 Date: Jan. 14, 2020, 12:32 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and Referred to Election Law and Municipal Affairs; SJ 2
Jan. 29, 2020 Hearing: 01/29/2020, Room 102, LOB, 09:00 am; SC 4
March 5, 2020 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0763s, 03/05/2020; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 9