Same-Day Registration Among Voting Issues Up for State House Hearings This Week

Feb 6, 2017

It’s shaping up to be a busy week for anyone following potential changes to the state’s election laws. At least 17 such bills are on deck for public hearings before House and Senate committees — a majority of which seek to restrict existing rules around voting.

Election law is expected to be a major area of focus this legislative session, with roughly 40 voting-related bills expected

The bills on deck for hearings in House Election Law Tuesday and Wednesday include proposals that would:

On the Senate side, lawmakers overseeing election issues are set to consider whether to add a 13-day residency requirement for voting, whether to add new pieces of contact information  to the absentee voter application and whether to set up “a bipartisan commission to evaluate New Hampshire’s response to Russian interference in our democracy.”

Also on Tuesday morning, the Senate Finance Committee will also hear input on a bill to give $500,000 to the Department of Justice to help its ability to enforce existing election and lobbying laws. Department officials have repeatedly told lawmakers they don’t have enough staffing time or resources to keep up with their existing caseloads.