House passes voting bill making residency, domicile equal
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bill that would end New Hampshire’s distinction between full-fledged residents and those who claim the state as their domicile for voting is another step closer to becoming law.
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.
Voting largely along party lines, the Republican-led House voted Tuesday to pass a bill that would align the definitions of domicile and residency. Republicans argue that it clears up confusion and ends the practice of having two classes of voters in the state. Democrats argue it amounts to a poll tax and could have unintended consequences in other areas such as in-state tuition rates, hunting and fishing licenses and other benefits of residency.