New Hampshire Judge Blocks Law Requiring Would-Be Voters to Prove Residency
A New Hampshire judge has blocked a law in his state that would require proof of residency when registering to vote.
Senate Bill 3 calls for "would-be voters to provide proof of residency, other than the voter affidavit they had been required to sign," according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.
Judge Kenneth Brown suspended the implementation of the bill, writing in his decision that it "threatens to disenfranchise an individual’s right to vote."
"SB3's forms are drafted in a manner that makes them confusing, hard to navigate and comply with, and difficult to complete in a timely manner," Brown wrote.
The bill was signed into law last year by Gov. Chris Sununu (R), who said the ruling was "not unexpected."
"SB3 is a modest change to our election laws that does nothing more than ensure that all those who register to vote present valid identification," he said. "I am confident that SB 3 will ultimately be upheld."
Brown also wrote in his decision that the longer voter registration takes under the SB3 law, "the more drastic the increase in wait times" would be.
The Union Leader also reported that the suit to block the law was filed last year by multiple entities: the New Hampshire Democratic Party, the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire and voters "who claim the new registration requirements are onerous and an unnecessary obstacle to exercising their constitutional rights."