Judge Merges 2 Lawsuits Challenging NH Voter Fraud Law
NASHUA (AP) — A judge has consolidated lawsuits filed by the New Hampshire Democratic Party and the League of Women Voters in a case challenging a new law that requires voters who move to the state within 30 days of an election to provide proof that they intend to stay.
Both groups say the law presents confusing, unnecessary and intimidating hurdles to voting. They say it violates the state constitution, and they want to stop it from taking effect.
Lawyers for the state say the arguments have no merit.
A judge upheld the law last month just in time for a special election in Belknap County, but he said another hearing is needed for both sides to further explain their case. He consolidated the cases in an order released Wednesday.
In reaction to a Concord Monitor story published Wednesday about Republican members of the House Election Law committee potentially seeking to expand penalties, NHDP Chair Ray Buckley called voter fraud a "phantom problem."
"Suppressing eligible voters has become a perennial hobby for New Hampshire Republicans. This year's proposed version of baseless voter suppression legislation proves just how keen they are on solving a phantom problem with no evidence," Buckley said in a prepared statement. "No matter how many absurd laws they pass and despite being rebuffed by the courts, Republicans will keep introducing legislation to narrow the voting pool in their favor. Governor Sununu and President Trump care more about scaring away their opponents' voters than passing evidence-based legislation. We will not stand for these bogus stunts. Instead, we intend to defeat SB3 in the courts and ensure every voter has a voice in our democracy."