We look at what our nation’s most important document, the Constitution, says and doesn’t say about elections. There’s some debate over who should write the rules, the federal or state governments, also who exactly can cast a ballot and if voting is a right or a privilege. We’ll talk with those involved in new civics program called “Constitutionally speaking”.
A Strafford County judge says the Secretary of State must change voter registration forms before November’s election.
The New Hampshire League of Women Voters and four college students sued the state after it released registration forms that seemed to say voters had to meet residency requirements. But under state law, people who spend most of their time here for a defined period, like college students and military personnel, can vote without becoming residents. League Election Law Specialist Joan Flood Ashwell says she’s pleased with the ruling.
A new survey shows as many as ninety million Americans are likely to sit out this election. They cite a number of reasons from “I’m too busy” to “my vote doesn’t matter”. But in a tight election, these voters could have a profound impact on the outcome. We’ll look closer at this group, why they feel the way they do, and the implications for our democracy.
David Paleologos - Director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, which conducted the Unlikely/Unregistered Voter Poll with USA Today.
The New Hampshire attorney general's office says the state and two advocacy groups have failed to reach a settlement in a case challenging a new law that blocks out-of-state students from voting unless they establish legal residency in the state.
A superior court judge set a deadline of Friday for the state and the New Hampshire chapters of the League of Women Voters and the American Civil Liberties Union to reach a compromise.
Assistant Attorney General Richard Head says settling constitutional challenges is no easy task. He says the office will await the court's ruling.
New Hampshire’s League of Women Voters could reach an agreement with the state soon on a controversial addition to voter registration forms. This following Wednesday’s hearing in Strafford County Superior Court.
The Strafford County judge has set noon, Friday, as deadline for an agreement. The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, representing the League of Women Voters and four college students—recently filed suit against the state.
Historically, young people have been much less likely to vote than older Americans.
That trend has started to change in the past few presidential election cycles, especially in 2008, when a census report found that 49 percent of those ages 18 to 24 who were eligible to vote participated in the presidential election.
Along party lines, the New Hampshire Senate today passed a second, more restrictive voter ID measure. Earlier this month, a bill requiring voters to show valid photo identification or sign an affidavit was approved with the backing of Town Clerks and the Secretary of State.
This new Republican-backed legislation would require those seeking to vote in New Hampshire to also register their vehicles in the State and apply for a New Hampshire driver’s license.
New Hampshire lawmakers are preparing to vote on whether adults should have to show a valid I. D. when they vote at the ballot box. Many other states are now considering these laws as well. Supporters say it’s all about stamping out fraud, but critics call it an attack on a fundamental right of citizenship. Today we discuss the Voter I.D. issue.
State and local election officials get behind Senate proposal.
The bill would require voters to present a photo ID or be photographed to receive a ballot starting in 2016, but still allow those without an ID to vote. The bill’s author, Kingston Senator Russ Prescott, hopes his plan can forge accord on a topic that tends to produce partisanship.
"People will come to the polls, present their ID, and not be presented a provisional ballot if they don’t have an ID; they would fill out a affidavit and vote. We are working within the system that we have today."