Voting

Public sessions planned to inventory ballots from Bedford, Laconia

BY: - April 5, 2022

The Attorney General’s Office and the Secretary of State’s Office will hold public sessions on Wednesday and Thursday to inventory certain ballots cast in Bedford and Laconia after securing permission to do so from Belknap County Superior Court and Hillsborough North Superior Court. Some absentee ballots that were cast in the November 2020 general election […]

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New Hampshire Senate passes bill that would void ballots if domicile isn’t proven

BY: - March 31, 2022

A Republican-backed bill the Senate passed on Thursday would void ballots of voters who don’t prove domicile. If it becomes law, Senate Bill 418 would create a new kind of ballot called an “affidavit ballot,” requiring voters to mail in a copy of the missing documentation within 10 days of an election in order for […]

Senate approves measure to allow those who are sick to vote by absentee ballot

BY: - March 25, 2022

The Senate passed a bill Thursday to extend absentee voting to people who are sick or have a medical condition that would prevent them from voting in person. Senate Bill 427 secured bipartisan approval in the Senate, receiving unanimous support out of committee and passing the full body on the consent calendar without any discussion. […]

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Bill to prohibit gerrymandering rejected as poll shows most Granite Staters find maps unfair

BY: - February 28, 2022

A proposal to prohibit gerrymandering failed to advance in a party-line vote last week on the Senate floor. The Democratic-backed proposal was voted to interim study during a session where concern over gerrymandering has taken center stage as the Legislature works on the once-in-a-decade task of redrawing voting districts. Senate Bill 255 would have added […]

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Senate to vote on changing voting requirements in state constitution as House takes up debate

BY: - February 23, 2022

Both chambers of the Legislature have taken up proposals to change the wording in New Hampshire’s constitution about who gets to cast a ballot in the state. The two versions of the legislation do the same thing, changing the word domicile to primary residence, and stipulating that only citizens of the country and state have […]

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State judges across the U.S. face growing GOP pushback against rulings in election cases

BY: - February 16, 2022

In mid-December, Texas’ highest criminal court revoked the state attorney general’s ability to use his office to prosecute election-related cases without the request of a district or county attorney. In an 8-1 opinion, the all-Republican court weakened Attorney General Ken Paxton’s power to independently go after perpetrators of voter fraud, a problem he says is […]

COMMENTARY
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Commentary: Citizens drew fair redistricting maps, so why can’t the Legislature do the same?

BY: - February 11, 2022

Redistricting should result in voting districts where elected officials represent the everyday concerns of their voters. Your representative should be your advocate, focused on your school district, your health and safety, your water systems, and your local economy. Your representative should advocate for the interests of your town, city, and county. The redistricting proposals of […]

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Citizens and advocates join Sununu in asking Senate to change maps 

BY: - February 2, 2022

Citizens and advocates are pushing the New Hampshire Senate to change redistricting maps they say are gerrymandered – and they’re now wielding Gov. Chris Sununu’s recent comments on the maps to make their case.  Sununu told WMUR in late January that he had asked senators to change the maps currently before them. “I told them: […]

Election workers gather ballots from a roadside drop box

States weigh how to shield election officials from threats, harassment

BY: - January 28, 2022

Following the turmoil of the 2020 election, a photo of Washington state Election Director Lori Augino marked with crosshairs, her address, and the words “your days are numbered” was posted on a website alongside photos of numerous other state election officials described as “enemies of the people.”   Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman said in […]

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U.S. Senate blocks change in the filibuster for voting rights bills

BY: - January 20, 2022

WASHINGTON – Every Republican in the U.S. Senate and two Democrats on Wednesday night rejected a proposed change in the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation, dealing a major blow to attempts in Congress to counter restrictive voting laws passed in the states. In a 48-52 vote, two Democrats – Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona […]

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Republican senators propose bill to void ballots of voters who don’t prove domicile

BY: - January 18, 2022

Since 2020, the effort to tighten voting procedures has swept statehouses nationwide. Now, New Hampshire Senate Republicans are seeking a new target to overhaul: same-day voter registration. A bill unveiled last week would require voters who register to vote on Election Day without sufficient documents to mail copies of those documents to the Secretary of […]

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Seven states to watch in the 2022 push to restrict voting rights

BY: - January 17, 2022

WASHINGTON – Republican state lawmakers across the country are ramping up their drive to enact voting and election-related laws in time for crucial 2022 midterm elections. As federal legislation that would limit state-level voting restrictions appears stymied in Washington, Republicans in the states are moving forward with new proposals and revisiting old ones that Democrats […]