NH Supreme Court to weigh in on voter residency bill

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) The New Hampshire Supreme Court is being asked to weigh in on a bill to eliminate the distinction between full-fledged residency and being domiciled in the state for voting purposes.

Current law allows college students and others who consider the state their domicile to vote without being subject to residency requirements, such as getting a New Hampshire driver's license or registering a vehicle.

The Legislature passed a bill to align the definitions of domicile and residency, but Republican Gov. Chris Sununu says the court should clarify whether doing so would be constitutional.

The Republican-led Executive Council voted 3-2 Wednesday along party lines to approve Sununu's request for an advisory opinion on the bill. Democrats argued the council shouldn't get drawn into the governor's veto process.

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