NH Senate passes bill to tighten voter eligibility

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) The Republican-led New Hampshire Senate has passed a bill to further tighten eligibility requirements for voters.

Current law allows college students and others to declare the state their domicile for voting purposes without becoming residents subject to other requirements, such as registering their cars or getting New Hampshire drivers licenses. Supporters of the bill say that creates two tiers of voters, and that changing the definition of residency will create consistency and clarity that will restore confidence in elections.

Opponents argue it essentially creates a poll tax, would discourage voting and attempts to solve a problem that doesn't exist.

The bill passed 14-9 Wednesday along party lines and now goes back to the House. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has said he opposes it.

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