10 arrested as students stage State House sit-in to protest voter residency law
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Tuesday’s daylong Senate budget hearing brought in scores of residents and advocates, many pressing for higher spending on education and health care. But one group in the State House had a different agenda.
A student protest-turned-sit-in occupation led to 10 arrests after activists in opposition of recent voting laws declined to leave a pair of offices.
The group, a subset of about a hundred who crammed into the second floor hallway to sing songs, occupied parts of the offices of Secretary of State Bill Gardner and Gov. Chris Sununu until closing hours Tuesday. The cause: support for House Bill 106, a Democratic bill to establish a motor vehicle registration exemption for college students voting as residents in the Granite State.