The right to vote has been described as one of the most precious of our rights. But that right is meaningless if out-of-State voters are deciding New Hampshire elections. Yet that is exactly what happened in 2016 in -at a minimum- in the United States Senate race and the Presidential contest.
Earlier this year, the Governor signed Senate Bill 3 into law, which tightens up the definition of who is allowed to vote in New Hampshire. As I explained here, Senate Bill 3 did not go far enough. There is a new bill, House Bill 372, which will address one of the problems with Senate Bill 3. Yet it too does not go far enough. Fortunately, it can easily be improved, as I will discuss below.
I previously posted about SB 3 here. In a nutshell, while the Democrats and their allies, such as the ACLU (which is essentially a Super-PAC for the Democrats) charge SB 3 is “voter suppression,” it is actually a fairly toothless tiger.
SB 3 will allow the practice of drive-by voting to continue. In 2016, there were over 7,300 instances of potential drive-by voting. More particularly, on election day 1,423 persons were allowed to vote with no photo ID at all while 5,903 were allowed to vote using out-of-State licenses. Continue reading →