HB523 (2021) Detail

Requiring a person who registers to vote without any identification to have his or her photo taken before his or her registration to vote is complete.


HB 523-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2021 SESSION

21-0757

11/08

 

HOUSE BILL 523-FN

 

AN ACT requiring a person who registers to vote without any identification to have his or her photo taken before his or her registration to vote is complete.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Gay, Rock. 8; Rep. M. Pearson, Rock. 34; Rep. Janigian, Rock. 8; Rep. Love, Rock. 6; Rep. W. MacDonald, Rock. 5; Rep. Cushman, Hills. 2; Rep. Elliott, Rock. 8; Rep. Sweeney, Rock. 8; Rep. Prudhomme-O'Brien, Rock. 6; Rep. Doucette, Rock. 8

 

COMMITTEE: Election Law

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires voters who register to vote by using a qualified voter affidavit or sworn statement on the election day registration form instead of other approved identification to have their photograph taken at the time of registration.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

21-0757

11/08

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One

 

AN ACT requiring a person who registers to vote without any identification to have his or her photo taken before his or her registration to vote is complete.

 

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

 

1  New Paragraph; Elections; Determining Qualifications of Applicant; Photograph Required.  Amend RSA 654:12 by inserting after paragraph III the following new paragraph:

III-a.  The supervisors of the checklist, town or city clerk, or election day official shall take a photograph of any person who registers using a qualified voter affidavit or sworn statement on the general election day registration form.  Such photograph shall be retained in the same manner as qualified voter affidavits pursuant to RSA 33-A:3-a, CXLI(e).

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

 

LBA

21-0757

1/8/21

 

HB 523-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT requiring a person who registers to vote without any identification to have his or her photo taken before his or her registration to vote is complete.

 

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

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

FY 2024

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

$33,000

$0

$3,300

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [    ] Other

 

 

 

 

 

LOCAL:

 

 

 

 

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill requires the supervisors of the checklist, town or city clerk, or election day official to take a photograph of any person who registers using a qualified voter affidavit or sworn statement on the general election day registration form.  Such photograph shall be retained in the same manner as qualified voter affidavits pursuant to RSA 33-A:3-a, CXLI(e).

 

The Department of State indicates this bill would require that a Polaroid style camera and film be purchased by the state for each of 330 polling places.  The Department estimates each camera would cost $80 and film for each camera would cost $20.  Replacement film would cost $10 for each camera.  Total expenditure for FY 2022 is estimated at $33,000 (330 cameras x $100 cost per camera including film).  Total expenditure for FY 2024 for replacement film is $3,300 (330 cameras x $10 for replacement film).

 

The New Hampshire Municipal Association states this bill could result in a small expenditure if municipal officials do not already have a camera available for such purpose.  It is unknown how many municipalities, if any, would be affected, so any additional municipal expenditures are indeterminable.  There is no expected impact on municipal revenues.

 

It is assumed this bill would be effective July 1, 2021.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of State and New Hampshire Municipal Association

 

Links

HB523 at GenCourtMobile
HB523 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 12, 2021 House Hearing
March 5, 2021 House Exec Session
March 10, 2021 House Exec Session

Bill Text Revisions

HB523 Revision: 31840 Date: Jan. 12, 2021, 12:30 p.m.

Docket


March 10, 2021: Executive Session: 03/10/2021 10:10 am Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/95087806399 (if necessary)


March 5, 2021: Executive Session: 03/05/2021 12:00 pm Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/99327579520


Feb. 12, 2021: Public Hearing: 02/12/2021 12:00 pm Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/95709405955 / 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. 52