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Live here, vote here: Getting past the rhetoric

March 07. 2018 7:16PM

If you live in New Hampshire, you can vote in New Hampshire.

If you live in another state, you should vote in that state.

The debate over House Bill 1264 should not be any more complicated. The bill aligns the state’s definition of residency for voting purposes with the rest of state statute.

Secretary of State Bill Gardner has for years implored the Legislature to clarify the definition of residency. The current law allows out-of-staters to register to vote in New Hampshire, while maintaining permanent residency elsewhere. That’s nuts.

Democrats want to convince college students that the bill is an attempt by Republicans to suppress their votes. If any Republicans think HB 1264 would do anything to reduce Democratic dominance in liberal college towns, they would be disappointed in November. The bill does nothing to prevent college students from voting.

It simply requires that anyone claiming to live in New Hampshire assume all the rights and responsibilities that the rest of us have.

No one would be denied the right to vote for failing to update a driver’s license or registering a car. Democratic rhetoric about a poll tax is reckless and wrong.

Gov. Chris Sununu has promised to veto any bill that would make it harder for college students to vote. He should have no problem signing HB 1264.

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