Yearly Archive 2017

Byrich green

Democratic lawsuit – SB3

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.

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.

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
FEATURING THE SUMMARY AND ANYTHING SPECIFIC TO THE NASHUA AREA.

Dear Friend,

This past week, the New Hampshire Coordinated Campaign officially kicked off as 11 organizers and six Regional Organizing Directors hit the ground, ready to put in the work to bring Democratic control back to the State House, State Senate, Executive Council, and governorship and keep both congressional seats blue.

The New Hampshire Coordinated Campaign Regional Organizing Directors are:

Owen Berger
Owen is the Regional Organizing Director in Sullivan, Cheshire, Hillsborough counties, and the Upper Valley!
Contact him at oberger@nhdp.org or (808) 224-5477
Hannah Chisholm

Hannah is the Regional Organizing Director in Hillsborough County!
Contact her at hchisholm@nhdp.org or (603) 459-5972
Austin Graber

Austin is the Regional Organizing Director in Manchester!
Contact him at agraber@nhdp.org or (402) 689-1911.
The first local Field Organizers for the New Hampshire Coordinated Campaign are:
Senate District 12 – Lucas Harrington, lharrington@nhdp.org or (413) 992-7698
Senate District 13 – Kyle Lange, klange@nhdp.org or (603) 913-9681
Please reach out to our newly onboarded Field Organizers to get some coffee and discuss how YOU can get involved in the Midterm elections!

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

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

Best,

Sue Ford                                                                   Erin Cotton
NHDP Grassroots Chair                                           Operations Director, NHDP
Fmr. House Democratic Floor Leader                       ecotton@nhdp.org
sueford06@gmail.com

Nick Taylor                                                                 Erin Turmelle
Director, House and Senate Democrats                    Political Director, NHDP
ntaylor@nhdp.orgeturmelle@nhdp.org

2018 NHDP State Convention

This Saturday, the New Hampshire Democratic Party will host our convention where attendees will hear from our Congressional Delegation, our candidates for the First Congressional District, our candidates for Governor, plus get updates from the Executive Council, State Senate and House, review the NHDP Platform nd vote on Resolutions.

The event will take place at the Cooperative Middle School in Stratham, NH. Doors will open at 8 am with the Convention beginning promptly at 9 am so that we can all head to Portsmouth PRIDE by noon!

To register click HERE.

NHDP Training Day for Democratic Candidates and Activists!

The day after the Convention and Portsmouth PRIDE, please join the NHDP and the National Democratic Training Committee for a FREE in-person training focusing on fundamental aspects of running a campaign, including fundraising, messaging, digital communications, and field operations.The event will take place on Sunday, June 24th with registration opening at 8:30 am at the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord.

To RSVP click HERE.

Upcoming Events

Nashua Pride Festival

Nashua Pride Festival is a celebration of diversity, acceptance, music and fun focused on promoting equality and inclusion of all people. Join our partners on June 30th from 2 – 5 PM for a full day of activities and entertainment. Events will include: Pride Parade, speakers, drag show, doggie drag show, and much more!

To RSVP click HERE.

Join the NH Coordinated Campaign!

The Coordinated Campaign is ramping up as we work to bring Democratic control back to the State House, Senate, Executive Council, and governorship and keep control of both congressional seats but we need your help!

We’re looking for excited and engaged Democrats to apply to be Organizers and Fellows for the Coordinated Campaign.

If you or anyone you know is interested in applying or learning more about either position, fill out this Organizer Application Form or this Fellow Application Form to get involved!

Supporter Housing

The NHDP is gearing up for our 2018 Coordinated Campaign! We are bringing on staff and volunteers to support our Town and County committees to turn out the vote in November. We need your help finding places for them to stay. Whether it is for a week or through election day – any little bit helps. Please fill out THIS FORM if you are able to house a volunteer or staff member.

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