Gardner urges lawmakers to ‘treat all voters equally’
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A Senate-passed bill that would make it easier for out-of-state college students to vote was heard before the House Election Law Committee on Tuesday, as a deeply partisan battle over who gets to cast a ballot continues to rage at the State House.
A bill passed by the Republican-led legislature in 2018 and signed into law by Gov. Chris Sununu, HB 1264, discourages students in the state’s college towns from voting, according to critics, by requiring them to obtain a New Hampshire driver’s license and motor vehicle registration within 60 days of casting a ballot.
The new law doesn’t take effect until July 1, but it’s already being challenged in court by the ACLU. The lawsuit was filed in February on behalf of two Dartmouth College students who claim the new law violates their constitutional rights and represents a 21st-century “poll tax.”