Credit our former colleague John DiStaso with a nice job of exposing the hypocrisy behind U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s latest political stunt. Shaheen asked a bunch of Democratic presidential hopefuls to sign her petition opposing a New Hampshire “voter suppression” law.
That would be the law, set to take effect this year, that actually requires people who vote in New Hampshire to reside in New Hampshire.
DiStaso, now with WMUR-TV, took a look at the voting laws in the states where Shaheen’s would-be signers live. Sure enough, none of them are as liberal as is New Hampshire when it comes to voting law. Only New Hampshire allows election-day registration, allows voting without a required photo ID, and has no requirement that you live here for a certain length of time.
California is pretty loosey goosey, but new voters are given a provisional ballot, which is not counted until officials determine one’s eligibility.
New Jersey requires a person be a state resident for at least 30 days before registering, and doesn’t allow same-day registration. New York requires 30-day residency and shuts off registration 25 days before an election.
Then there is Bernie Sanders’ Vermont, which has provisional ballots and requires those who register to actually be residents, which, DiStaso notes, “is the requirement that would be imposed here by the new New Hampshire law.”
Sanders, among other Democratic hopefuls, wants felons still in prison to be able to vote. Right on, Bernie. At least we would know where these voters reside.