HB505 (2021) Detail

Allowing voters to vote for multiple candidates for an office.


HB 505  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2021 SESSION

21-0321

06/11

 

HOUSE BILL 505

 

AN ACT allowing voters to vote for multiple candidates for an office.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Abramson, Rock. 37; Rep. Ankarberg, Straf. 10

 

COMMITTEE: Election Law

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill eliminates statutory restrictions on the ability of voters to vote for multiple candidates for the same office.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

21-0321

06/11

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One

 

AN ACT allowing voters to vote for multiple candidates for an office.

 

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

 

1  Designation of Office.  Amend RSA 656:6 to read as follows:

656:6 Designation of Office.  Immediately to the left of the set of party columns shall be an offices column which shall list the offices, each preceded by the word "For," for which the candidates whose names are listed in the party columns have been nominated, as in "For Governor." Below each such phrase shall be printed in small but easily legible letters "Vote for [not more than ____ (here insert a number designating how many persons are to be voted for)] one or more."

2  Electronic Ballot Counting Device Testing.  Amend RSA 656:42, VIII(e)(4) to read as follows:

(4)  The town or city clerk shall mark the test ballots in such a way as to demonstrate a vote for each candidate on at least one test ballot, as well as votes for less than and more than the number of candidates that may be [voted for] elected to an office, write-ins, multiple votes for a candidate who appears in more than one party column for the same office on a general election ballot, and ballots on which there are no votes.  The clerk shall mark as many as possible of the combinations of choices that a voter may indicate on the ballot.

3  Instructions to Voters.  Amend RSA 659:17 to read as follows:

659:17  Marking the Ballot; Instructions to Voters.

The secretary of state shall provide on the top of the general election ballot the following voting instructions.  The secretary of state is authorized to replace the phrase "Make the appropriate mark" with an appropriate description and example of the mark to be made for the type of ballot in use, such as "Make a cross (X) in the box," "Completely fill in the oval," or "Complete the arrow:"

1)  To Vote

Make the appropriate mark to the right of your choice or choices.  [For each office vote for not more than the number of candidates stated in the sentence:  "Vote for not more than ___."  If you vote for more than the stated number of candidates, your vote for that office will not be counted.]

2)  To Vote by Write-In

To vote for a person whose name is not printed on the ballot, write in the name of the person in the "write-in" space.  Make the appropriate mark to the right of your choice.

4  Town Elections; Preparation of Voting Materials.  Amend RSA 669:23 to read as follows:

669:23  Preparation of Voting Materials.  The town clerk shall prepare the official ballots for the town and shall arrange the names of candidates upon said ballots in parallel columns.  Immediately above the names of each block of candidates shall be printed the title of the office for which they are candidates, such as "For Selectman."  Below the title of each office shall be printed in small but

easily legible type the words "Vote for [not more than (here insert a number designating how many persons are to be voted for)] one or more." Directly to the right of the name of each candidate there shall be a square. Whenever there are 2 or more candidates for the same office the names shall be printed upon the ballot in the alphabetical order of their surnames according to the alphabetization procedure established in RSA 656:5-a. Following the names printed on the ballot under the title of each office, there shall be as many blank lines as there are persons to be elected to that office.

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

Links

HB505 at GenCourtMobile
HB505 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 29, 2021 House Hearing
Feb. 12, 2021 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB505 Revision: 31808 Date: Jan. 11, 2021, 2:57 p.m.

Docket


Feb. 24, 2021: Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 02/24/2021


: Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 20-0; CC) HC 12 P. 4


Feb. 12, 2021: Executive Session: 02/12/2021 01:30 pm Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/95709405955


Jan. 29, 2021: Public Hearing: 01/29/2021 11:30 am Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/93706238627 / Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day ( time permitting) from the time the committee is initially convened.


Jan. 6, 2021: Introduced (in recess of) 01/06/2021 and referred to Election Law HJ 2 P. 51