Yearly Archive 2017

Byrich green

Democratic lawsuit – SB3 is the law for the mid-terms!

After over a year, Judge Brown ruled on a preliminary injunction preventing SB3 from taking effect before the mid-term elections, confirming the plaintiff’s argument that the new law places “a burden on the right to vote and disenfranchises low-income and minority populations” and many college students.  Moreover, Judge Brown wrote “voter fraud is not widespread, or even remotely commonplace” in New Hampshire and the following:

“Most importantly, the SB3 law does nothing to actually prevent voter fraud …. instead of combating fraud, the law simply imposes additional burdens on legitimate voters.

The state immediately challenged the ruling to the NH Supreme Court, which unanimously agreed with the state having made the decision that Judge Brown’s ruling will create confusion and disruption on election day.

The full case is still working its way through the courts. 

A summarized history and overview of the case is below.

On June 8, 2017, the Republican-sponsored New Hampshire Senate Bill 3, which may complicate same-day voter registration for New Hampshire college students, …… passed in the state Senate 14-9. It was signed into law in July.  The bill changes what domicile means in the context of voting and stipulates that proof of residence is required for same-day voters, including a written statement that verifies voters’ home addresses. It also authorizes government agents to visit a voter’s home to make sure that it is the voter’s primary residence.  A domicile exception is typically extended to college students.  SB3 is designed to tighten this up by requiring that college students provide letters, or other paperwork, proving their domiciliaries when they register to vote.

The NH Democratic party, the League of Women Voters and three individual voters are suing the state over this law, under a single lawsuit, which they believe will keep people who are legally entitled to vote from voting.

In September, Hillsborough County Judge Charles Temple placed a temporary restraining order on the state to keep officials from imposing any of the criminal penalties part of the law.  “The average voter seeking to register for the first time very well may decide that casting a vote is not worth a possible, $5,000 fine, a year in jail, or throwing himself/herself at the mercy of the prosecutor’s discretion.  To the Court, these provisions of SB3 act as a very serious detriment on the right to vote, and if there is a “compelling” need for them, the Court has yet to see it.” Temple wrote.

In spite of this lawsuit, on Jan 3, the Senate passed HB372, which further tightens eligibility requirements for voters.

The state of NH has refused to comply with a request for a voter database, which the plaintiffs believe will prove that there is no issue to address. The state claimed that the information is not relevant to the case at hand and it contains privileged information that cannot be released.

In April, Judge Temple rejected these arguments  and compelled the state to hand over the electronic voter database as well as make available communications about the law as it is being legislated.  In addition, a protective order must be crafted to keep sensitive information private.

Three Republican legislators involved in crafting SB3 – Kathleen Hoelzel, Barbara Griffin & Regina Birdsell – filed motions to squash subpoenas seeking information that they had proving or disproving instances of voter fraud before last year’s vote.  In July, Judge Brown ruled in their favor.    However, the Judge granted the prosecution to right to depose attorneys Bud Fitch and Matthew Broadhead.

The parties are having difficulty agreed upon the content of the protective order.  Asst Attorney General Anne Edwards wants the court to support keeping dates of birth, dates of naturalization and places of birth out of the public record when the database is handed over to the plaintiffs.  The plaintiffs filed a motion in response.

A hearing on the protective order was held on May 8.  At that hearing, Judge Temple suggested that he recuse himself as the judge in this case going forward due to a close friendship with Attorney Byron Gould, who was recently hired by the state Attorney General’s office.  The litigants suggested instead that Attorney Gould be barred from the case.

In June, Judge Temple did recuse himself.  Judge Brown has taken over the case, which has moved to Manchester.  One of his first rulings will be to consider the state’s request that he prevent three college professors from testifying on behalf of the plaintiffs.  Their testimony will cover:

  • The “understandability” of the law
  • Its impact on lines
  • Frequency of voter fraud

The state now asserts that the issue is not voter fraud, but rather the opportunity for voter fraud.

With the move to Manchester, the trial, scheduled to begin on August 20, 2018, is being rescheduled.

In the meantime, in July, the Governor signed HB1264 into law after the NH Supreme Court ruled on its constitutionality.  Heretofore, out-of-state students attending institutions such as Dartmouth College or UNH must have a NH driver’s license or NH non-drivers ID to vote in NH.

In January 2019, the NH Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision and denied the plaintiffs usage of the state’s voter database to argue that the law unfairly burdens those who are more likely to support their party.

And the saga continues …..

Is voter fraud really an issue in NH?  The Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program is aimed at preventing voter fraud by identifying duplicate voter registration records among those voluntarily provided by states.  Though there are some concerns over security and results, 28 states participated after the 2016 general election.  Out of 94, 610 voters, approximately 140 records were required further investigation – 51 of which were sent to the Attorney General’s office.

Per the NH Grassroots Newsletter of Jan 2:

“Why this matters: On November 28th, an amendment to HB 372, authored by Republican Senators Regina Birdsell and Jim Gray, passed the Senate Election Law Committee on a 3-2 party-line vote. The bill would redefine “domicile” status for voting purposes, effectively forcing registrants to declare residency upon registering to vote, chilling the right to vote for college students in New Hampshire. By forcing students to declare residency, this bill would act as a de facto poll tax, moving the goal posts on students who are legally allowed to vote in New Hampshire.”

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Byrich green

NH Grassroots Newsletter

NOTE THAT THIS IS AN EXCERPT FROM THE NEWSLETTER

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Hello Granite State Democrats!

Last week, we showed Sununu and Trump the power of Democratic activism. Hundreds of New Hampshire’s activists participated in protests, vigils, and other events across the state to expose Trump’s broken promises. We know that together we can beat Donald Trump, which is why the 2020 Democratic presidential New Hampshire campaigns issued a joint statement saying no matter who the Democratic nominee is, we are united in this fight.

Our future relies on your hard work to ensure that Democrats get elected! Whether it is writing letters to the editor, sharing tweets, or signing up to help canvass or make calls, you are critical and you are making a difference!

Please continue to use this regular newsletter as a tool for your local committee meetings, volunteer engagement, or as a supplement to your own regular newsletter.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you may have.

Have a wonderful rest of your week,

NHDP Political Team
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Slate Goodwin is now the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s Political Director after serving as a Regional Organizing Director during the Coordinated Campaign and will be the point of contact for Coos, Grafton, Hillsborough, Sullivan, and Merrimack Counties and the cities of Manchester and Nashua. He can be reached at sgoodwin@nhdp.org.

Apply to Volunteer at the State Convention

The New Hampshire Democratic Party 2019 State Convention is Saturday, September 7th and we need volunteers! This is on track to be the largest gathering of Democratic activists in the country since the last Democratic National Convention. If you would like to help, please complete this form to apply to be a volunteer. We will be reaching out closer to the convention with more details. If you have communications experience, you can sign up to be a press volunteer here.

As always, if you have any questions, please email the NHDP Political Team at political@nhdp.org. Thank you so much for your constant help and support!

2019 NHDP State Convention
DELEGATE TICKETS

Registration is now open for convention delegates! Delegates, check your inbox (and spam) for emails that came from team NHDP over the past couple weeks.

Only Delegates can register at this link, and registration is non-transferable. The website is connected to your email address we have on file, and each delegate can only purchase one ticket for themselves. If you are having trouble registering with your email address, please contact convention@nhdp.org and we will respond in as soon as possible.

Make sure to register today! The final day for delegate ticket registration is Wednesday, August 28th. There will be no registration at the convention center door.

2019 NHDP State Convention
GUEST TICKETS

Have you heard the news? Tickets for the New Hampshire Democratic Party 2019 State Convention are now available for members of the public.

This year’s convention will be held on Saturday, September 7 at the Southern New Hampshire University Arena in Manchester. Join all of our Democratic presidential candidates, national Democratic leaders, state legislative leaders, activists, friends, and candidates up and down the ballot for an exciting day!

Every four years we host the presidential candidates at our state convention, a tradition that started back in 1983. This year’s convention is on track to be the largest event thus far – so get your guest ticket today.

Get your ticket today – before they run out.Blue Bench Training

The New Hampshire Democratic Party is excited to partner with the National Democratic Training Committee for a Blue Bench Training! This is a free event, open to anyone who is interested in running for office, is staff on a campaign (or hopes to be), or for anyone within the local party infrastructure!

Register through the NDTC link today to reserve your spot at this exciting training opportunity!

Sununu for Sale Campaign

Last week the NHDP launched our Sununu For Sale campaign – exposing how Chris Sununu has consistently sold out Granite Staters by pushing policies that only benefit his corporate donors, his special interests, the Republican Party, and himself.

Now, we need your help.

On Wednesday at noon in Concord, NHDP staff will be giving out 45 new special limited edition yard signs to expose Sununu’s special interest agenda.

Again, we only have a few signs, and they will go fast. Be one of the first 45 people to sign up at this link to get a sign. If you’re one of the first 45 to reserve, we’ll send you an email to confirm the pick-up details.

Upcoming Presidential Primary Visits.

As the First in the Nation (FITN) presidential primary season officially heats up, please use this section to learn about when candidates will be visiting the Granite State!

August 22nd – Jay Inslee
Merrimack Town Hall
6 Baboosic Lake Road, Merrimack
2-3 PM

August 22nd – Jay Inslee
Saint Anslem Round Table
100 St. Anselm Drive, Manchester
5-6 PM

August 23rd – Pete Buttigieg
Town Hall in Nashua
505 Amherst St, Nashua
5:45 PM

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