HB87 (2021) Detail

Relative to the definition of electioneering.


HB 87  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2021 SESSION

21-0200

11/05

 

HOUSE BILL 87

 

AN ACT relative to the definition of electioneering.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Potucek, Rock. 6; Rep. Binford, Graf. 15; Rep. Hough, Belk. 3; Rep. Layon, Rock. 6; Rep. Bershtein, Rock. 2; Rep. Baldasaro, Rock. 5; Rep. Ankarberg, Straf. 10

 

COMMITTEE: Election Law

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill amends the definition of "electioneering" to remove the prohibition against wearing clothing or paraphernalia that a reasonable person would believe explicitly advocates for or against any candidate, political party, or measure being voted.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

21-0200

11/05

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One

 

AN ACT relative to the definition of electioneering.

 

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

 

1  Electioneering; Definition.  Amend RSA 652:16-h to read as follows:

652:16-h Electioneering.  Electioneering means visibly displaying or audibly disseminating information that a reasonable person would believe explicitly advocates for or against any candidate, political party, or measure being voted. Electioneering includes, but is not limited to[:

I. Wearing clothing or paraphernalia that displays a candidate's name, likeness, or logo, a ballot measure's number, title, subject, or logo, a political party's name or logo, or any communication that a reasonable person would believe explicitly advocates for or against any candidate, political party, or measure, provided that a person eligible to vote or register to vote in the voting district who is unable to remove or cover clothing that explicitly advocates for or against any candidate, political party, or measure, may wear such clothing in the polling place while actively engaged in the process of registering to vote or while actively engaged in the process of voting.

II.] distributing or posting a card, handbill, poster, placard, picture, pin, sticker, circular, or any other form of communication that a reasonable person would believe explicitly advocates for or against any candidate, political party, or measure.

2  Electioneering at the Polling Place.  Amend RSA 659:43, VII to read as follows:

VII. The distribution or posting of electioneering communications, including but not limited to posters, cards, handbills, placards, pictures, pins, stickers, or circulars, [or articles of clothing,] is prohibited within any no-electioneering corridor established outside the polling place by the moderator.

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

Links

HB87 at GenCourtMobile
HB87 Discussion

Action Dates

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

Bill Text Revisions

HB87 Revision: 31373 Date: Jan. 4, 2021, 11:19 a.m.

Docket


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. 5, 2021: Public Hearing: 02/05/2021 09:30 am Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/93640014012 / 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. 34


Jan. 6, 2020: To Be Introduced 01/06/2020 and referred to Election Law