CACR15 (2022) Detail

Relating to elections. Providing that the age to vote in the primary election be reduced to 17 for those who will be 18 by the general election.


CACR 15  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2022 SESSION

22-2246

07/11

 

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 15

 

RELATING TO: elections.

 

PROVIDING THAT: the age to vote in the primary election be reduced to 17 for those who will be 18 by the general election.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Labranche, Hills. 22; Rep. Gallager, Merr. 15; Rep. Laughton, Hills. 31; Rep. Frost, Straf. 16; Rep. Veilleux, Hills. 22

 

COMMITTEE: Election Law

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution lowers the age to vote in a primary election to 17 if the voter will be 18 at the time of the general election for which the primary election was held.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type

 

22-2246

07/11

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Two

 

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION PROPOSING CONSITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

 

RELATING TO: elections.

 

PROVIDING THAT: the age to vote in the primary election be reduced to 17 for those who will be 18 by the general election.

 

Be it Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring, that the

Constitution of New Hampshire be amended as follows:

 

I.  That article 11 of the first part of the constitution be amended to read as follows:

[Art.] 11.  [Elections and Elective Franchises.]  All elections are to be free, [and] every inhabitant of the state of 18 years of age and upwards shall have an equal right to vote in any election, and every inhabitant of the state 17 years of age at the time of a primary election and who will be eighteen years of age at the time of the general election for which such primary election is held shall be eligible to vote in such primary election.  Every person shall be considered an inhabitant for the purposes of voting in the town, ward, or unincorporated place where he has his domicile.  No person shall have the right to vote under the constitution of this state who has been convicted of treason, bribery or any willful violation of the election laws of this state or of the United States; but the supreme court may, on notice to the attorney general, restore the privilege to vote to any person who may have forfeited it by conviction of such offenses.  The general court shall provide by law for voting by qualified voters who at the time of the biennial or state elections, or of the primary elections therefor, or of city elections, or of town elections by official ballot, are absent from the city or town of which they are inhabitants, or who by reason of physical disability are unable to vote in person, in the choice of any officer or officers to be elected or upon any question submitted at such election.  Voting registration and polling places shall be easily accessible to all persons including disabled and elderly persons who are otherwise qualified to vote in the choice of any officer or officers to be elected or upon any question submitted at such election.  The right to vote shall not be denied to any person because of the non payment of any tax.  Every inhabitant of the state, having the proper qualifications, has equal right to be elected into office.

II.  That the above amendment proposed to the constitution be submitted to the qualified voters of the state at the state general election to be held in November, 2022.

III.  That the selectmen of all towns, cities, wards and places in the state are directed to insert in their warrants for the said 2022 election an article to the following effect:  To decide whether the amendments of the constitution proposed by the 2022 session of the general court shall be approved.

IV.  That the wording of the question put to the qualified voters shall be:

“Are you in favor of amending article 11 of the first part of the constitution to read as follows:

[Art.] 11.  [Elections and Elective Franchises.]  All elections are to be free, every inhabitant of the state of 18 years of age and upwards shall have an equal right to vote in any election, and every inhabitant of the state 17 years of age at the time of a primary election and who will be eighteen years of age at the time of the general election for which such primary election is held shall be eligible to vote in such primary election.  Every person shall be considered an inhabitant for the purposes of voting in the town, ward, or unincorporated place where he has his domicile.  No person shall have the right to vote under the constitution of this state who has been convicted of treason, bribery or any willful violation of the election laws of this state or of the United States; but the supreme court may, on notice to the attorney general, restore the privilege to vote to any person who may have forfeited it by conviction of such offenses.  The general court shall provide by law for voting by qualified voters who at the time of the biennial or state elections, or of the primary elections therefor, or of city elections, or of town elections by official ballot, are absent from the city or town of which they are inhabitants, or who by reason of physical disability are unable to vote in person, in the choice of any officer or officers to be elected or upon any question submitted at such election.  Voting registration and polling places shall be easily accessible to all persons including disabled and elderly persons who are otherwise qualified to vote in the choice of any officer or officers to be elected or upon any question submitted at such election.  The right to vote shall not be denied to any person because of the non payment of any tax.  Every inhabitant of the state, having the proper qualifications, has equal right to be elected into office.”

V.  That the secretary of state shall print the question to be submitted on a separate ballot or on the same ballot with other constitutional questions.  The ballot containing the question shall include 2 squares next to the question allowing the voter to vote “Yes” or “No.”  If no cross is made in either of the squares, the ballot shall not be counted on the question.  The outside of the ballot shall be the same as the regular official ballot except that the words “Questions Relating to Constitutional Amendments proposed by the 2022 General Court” shall be printed in bold type at the top of the ballot.

VI.  That if the proposed amendment is approved by 2/3 of those voting on the amendment, it becomes effective when the governor proclaims its adoption.

VII.  Voters' Guide.

AT THE PRESENT TIME, only inhabitants of this state 18 years and older have the ability to vote an election.

IF THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED, inhabitants of this state who are 17 at the time of a primary election and will be 18 at the time of the general election for which the primary was held will have the ability to vote in those primary elections.

Links

CACR15 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 13, 2022 House Hearing
Jan. 13, 2022 House Hearing

Bill Text Revisions

CACR15 Revision: 33052 Date: Nov. 3, 2021, 2:41 p.m.

Docket


Jan. 8, 2022: Public Hearing: 01/13/2022 01:00 pm LOB 306-308


Jan. 13, 2022: Public Hearing: 01/13/2022 1:00 p.m. LOB306-308


Nov. 3, 2021: Introduced 01/05/2022 and referred to Election Law


: To Be Introduced and referred to Election Law