New Hampshire legislators are mulling a package of bills that would make voting more difficult for military personnel, college students and other adults living temporarily in the Granite State.
Republicans have introduced nearly ten bills, which propose to tighten residency requirements, demand additional documentation, and even impose fees on some voters.
One of the bills would require people to be in state for at least 210 days a year in order to vote. The measure would let concerned authorities to demand leases, bank statements or vehicle registrations for proof.
Gilles Bissonnette, legal director at the New Hampshire ACLU, said, “Even though this population has a constitutional right to vote, the imposition of these costs after one exercises the right to vote will, we believe, chill these voters from actually voting.”
Another bill proposes voting restriction in the form of a 13-day waiting period before an individual could establish residency in the state and register to vote. It aims to block new residents from casting votes.
The proposed bills followed President Donald Trump’s claim that millions of people voted illegally in the November election, which cost him the popular vote. However, N.H. officials argued that there was no evidence of voter fraud.