There are various types of barriers facing voters including photo ID requirements, voting booth availability, the flexibility of poll hours, and the availability of time off from work with pay for voting. Some states even have financial penalties for the violation of deadlines or rules related to registration lists. Online voter registration, absentee voting, and early voting are some policies that clearly are shown to ease voting. However, New Hampshire (NH) seems to be taking a different direction. This article in Laconia Daily Sun is by Christian Wade examines this development in NH. Here is an excerpt:
Republican lawmakers in New Hampshire are pushing proposals to restrict student voting and tighten voter ID requirements while blocking attempts by Democrats to expand early voting and mail balloting.
One proposal, House Bill 362 which is currently being considered by the House Election Law Committee, would repeal a state law allowing students to use their address at a college or other educational institution for voting purposes.
Rep. Norman Silber, R-Gilford, the bill’s primary sponsor, said the state law allowing out-of-state college students to cast ballots disenfranchises other New Hampshire voters.
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