New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner has weighed in on the state's new voter registration law, saying "it cannot be" that non-residents can somehow claim domicile for voting purposes only.
Gardner submitted an affidavit Wednesday as the state Supreme Court prepares to hear a dispute over the law. It was passed by the Legislature over Gov. John Lynch's veto.
It requires new voters to sign a statement saying they declare New Hampshire their domicile and are subject to laws that apply to all residents, including laws requiring drivers to register cars and get a New Hampshire driver's license.
Gardner said all relevant statutes require domicile in the state and a current intent to remain. He said to suggest there's a separate definition of "domicile" for voting purposes is wrong.