SB71 (2020) Detail

Relative to the election of delegates to party conventions.










AN ACT relative to the election of delegates to party conventions.


SPONSORS: Sen. Soucy, Dist 18; Sen. Feltes, Dist 15


COMMITTEE: Election Law and Municipal Affairs






This bill removes the statutory procedure for the election of delegates to state party conventions.


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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.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


AN ACT relative to the election of delegates to party conventions.


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


1  Definition of Election.  Amend RSA 652:1 to read as follows:

652:1  Election.  "Election" shall mean the choosing of a public officer [or of a delegate to a party convention] or the nominating of a candidate for public office by voters by means of a direct vote conducted under the election laws.  The term does not include caucuses or conventions.  The types of elections are further defined in this chapter.

2  Definition of State Election.  Amend RSA 652:3 to read as follows:

652:3  State Election.  "State election" shall mean an election to choose a federal, state, or county officer [or a delegate to a party convention] or to nominate a candidate for federal, state or county office.  The 3 types of state elections are defined in RSA 652:4, 652:5 and 652:6.

3  Definition of State Primary Election.  Amend RSA 652:5 to read as follows:

652:5  State Primary Election.  "State primary election" shall mean an election to nominate a candidate for federal, state, or county office [or to choose a delegate to a state party convention].

4  Official With Whom to File.  Amend RSA 655:15, II to read as follows:

II.  For state representative in a representative district containing one town or ward, [and for delegate to a state party convention,] the clerk of the town or city in which the officer is to be chosen.

5  Declaration of Candidacy.  Amend RSA 655:17 to read as follows:

655:17  Declaration of Candidacy.  Declarations of candidacy shall be in the following form and signed by the candidate:

I, _______________________, declare that I am domiciled in Ward _____, in the city (or town or unincorporated place) of __________________, county of ________________, state of New Hampshire, and am a registered voter herein; that I am a registered member of the __________ party; that I am a candidate for nomination for the office of ____________ [(or for delegate to the state convention)] to be made at the primary election to be held on the ______ day of _______________; and I hereby request that my name be printed on the official primary ballot of the party in which I am registered as a candidate for such nomination or election.  I declare that I am not a candidate for incompatible offices as defined in RSA 655:10, and that I am not a federal employee which makes me ineligible to file as a candidate for this office.  If I have been convicted of a felony, I declare that I have completed my sentence as required in RSA 607-A:2.  I further declare that, if nominated as a candidate for said office [or if elected as such delegate], I will not withdraw; and that, if elected, I will be qualified for and will assume the duties of said office.

6  Nominations by Primary; Primary Petitions.  Amend RSA 655:19-c, III to read as follows:

III.  Any person otherwise qualified to run for office who chooses not to pay the administrative assessment as prescribed in paragraph I may have his or her name printed on the primary ballot of any party by filing with the appropriate official the requisite number of primary petitions made by members of the party, together with one written assent to candidacy.  The number of primary petitions to be filed for each office shall be as follows:  for governor and United States senator, 200; for representative in Congress, 100; for executive councilor and county officer, 50; for state senator, 20; for state representative, 5. [Candidates for delegate to the state convention shall not be required to submit any primary petitions.]

7  Repeal.  The following are repealed:

I.  RSA 653:6, relative to the election of delegates to state party conventions.

II.  RSA 661:10, relative to vacancies among delegates to a state party convention.

III.  RSA 662:6, relative to delegates to state party conventions.

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


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SB71 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 13, 2019 Senate Hearing
March 14, 2019 Senate Floor Vote
April 23, 2019 House Hearing
May 16, 2019 House Exec Session
Oct. 31, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB71 Revision: 7608 Date: Jan. 17, 2019, 5:58 p.m.


Jan. 8, 2020: Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 01/08/2020 HJ 1 P. 40

: Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 20-0; CC) HC 50 P. 8

Oct. 31, 2019: Executive Session: 10/31/2019 11:00 am LOB 308

Sept. 18, 2019: Subcommittee Work Session: 09/18/2019 12:30 pm LOB 308

Sept. 3, 2019: Subcommittee Work Session: 09/03/2019 02:00 pm LOB 308

: Retained in Committee

May 16, 2019: Executive Session: 05/16/2019 10:00 am LOB 308

April 23, 2019: Public Hearing: 04/23/2019 10:00 am LOB 308

April 18, 2019: ==CANCELLED== Public Hearing: 04/18/2019 10:00 am LOB 308

March 20, 2019: Introduced 03/20/2019 and referred to Election Law HJ 11 P. 69

March 14, 2019: Ought to Pass: RC 14Y-10N, MA; OT3rdg; 03/14/2019; SJ 8

March 14, 2019: Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 03/14/2019; SC 13

Feb. 13, 2019: ==TIME CHANGE== Hearing: 02/13/2019, Room 102, LOB, 12:30 pm; SC 10

Jan. 3, 2019: Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Election Law and Municipal Affairs; SJ 4