On Monday, Superior Court Justice Kenneth C. Brown granted a temporary injunction preventing the State of New Hampshire from imposing new voter registration forms in the upcoming 2018 election.
In 2017, several Republican New Hampshire senators sponsored SB3 (“SB3”), a bill amending New Hampshire’s voter registration process to include stricter requirements for proving domicile. SB3 became effective law on September 8, 2017. The enactment of SB3 impacted the voter registration process in two significant ways: 1.) it created a distinction between when registrations occurred; and 2.) it extended the existing penalties for wrongful voting set forth under existing state law to new categories of conduct specific to SB3.
In response to SB3, several plaintiffs led by the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire (“plaintiffs”) sued New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner (“State”), arguing the new amendments imposed unreasonable burdens on voting rights. In Monday’s order, Justice Brown agreed with the plaintiffs, ultimately issuing a preliminary injunction preventing the application of SB3—and SB3-derived voter forms—from use in the upcoming midterm elections.
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