Even though I make clear that The Coalition of NH Taxpayers tracks non-resident voters who come in college student and summer resident form, I get the same old attempt to relate non-resident voter fraud with a person voting twice.
Lets put it in perspective.
Why would I waste our limited resources tracking double voters when there are so many non-resident voters? And why would I attempt to catch double voters when the State of New Hampshire's Legislature and AG's Office are doing everything they can to prevent us from doing so?
Say I have a voter of questionable residency or who I believe is voting twice. They registered in 2000 in Keene but when arrested in 2005 gave out of state ID to Keene Police. This means they voted here in 2000 but still have legal residency in another place. In any case, they are still on the Keene voter list and require no identification to vote.
Or let's say I find the same name such as Sean W. Greenhalge (made up) on the same day registration addendum TWICE in two different sets of handwriting, meaning he could have come through the line and voted twice.
I would have in the past, as was the right of any NH citizen, gone to the Supervisor of the Checklist in Keene and asked for the registration card for each person. With that NH Voter Registration Card, RSA 654:7, on line #6, I could see where the person had been registered before. The next task would be to call that place to see if the person voted there. Simple right?
Not any more.
Here is HB 391 the newest of a growing list of amendments to NH Election laws. This House Bill is currently in the Senate. [Newest wording bracketed.]
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Five
AN ACT relative to election affidavits.
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
1 Right to Know Exemption. Amend RSA 654:31-a to read as follows:
654:31-a Right to Know Exemption. The information contained on the checklist of a town or city, specifically, the name, street address, town or city, and party affiliation, if any, of registered voters, except as otherwise provided by statute, is public information subject to RSA 91-A. All other information on the voter registration form, absentee registration affidavit, [citizenship and domicile affidavits,] and application for absentee ballot shall be treated as confidential information and the records containing this information shall be exempt from the public disclosure provisions of RSA 91-A, except as provided by statutes other than RSA 91-A. [Notwithstanding the foregoing, citizenship and domicile affidavits are public records subject to RSA 91-A for the sole purpose of challenging an individual registering to vote or voting, challenging ballots to be recounted, to the extent that such ballot challenges are specifically authorized by law, or determining the accuracy of any citizenship or domicile affidavit.] Election officials and law enforcement personnel in furtherance of their official duties may access and may disclose information from the voter registration form, citizenship and domicile affidavits, absentee registration affidavits, and applications for absentee ballots, if necessary to resolve a challenge to an individual registering to vote or voting, or if necessary to investigate or prosecute election law violations or any crime. Law enforcement access and use of such records for the investigation or prosecution of crimes unrelated to election law violations shall be limited to the records of the specific individuals who are the subject of the investigation or prosecution.
2 Affidavit. Amend RSA 659:30 to read as follows:
659:30 Affidavit. The affidavit of a challenged voter, a voter citizenship affidavit, a voter domicile affidavit, or any other affidavit required by the election statutes may be sworn before [any person authorized by law to administer oaths or before] any election officer.
3 Preservation of Voting Materials. Amend RSA 659:101 to read as follows:
659:101 Preservation of Absentee Voting Materials, Election Day Affidavits, and Domicile Affidavits. The affidavit envelopes and application forms processed by the moderator as provided in RSA 659:50, and the citizenship affidavits and domicile affidavits as provided in RSA 654:12 and any other documentary proof of qualifications retained by the town or city clerk, the supervisors of the checklist, or other election official may be preserved in the same manner that ballots are preserved. [and] [Citizenship, voter registration, and domicile affidavits shall be retained for 3 years after the election in which they are used, and other materials] may be destroyed one year after the first state general election at which the individual may vote.
4 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.
As you can see there is an effort to limit from the Right to Know Law (RSA 91-A) any relevant information on the NH Voter Registration Card, EVEN THE SIGNATURE!
This is on top of the limitations adopted in 2003 to this same statute. Now, when I get a copy of a NH Voter Registration Card almost 75% of it is blank or redacted by the Supervisor of the Checklist.
There is one single explanation for this change in wording and that is to have voters who register here be as anonymous and untraceable as possible.
The sponsors of this newest bill, both left wing Democrats, are:
Rep. Chuck Weed of Keene (Election Law Committee member, Keene State teacher)
Rep. John Pratt of Walpole
Eventually other states will find out how corrupt our election process is becoming and we will lose the Presidential Primary. Deservedly so.
So which party CLAIMS it is trying to SAVE the Primary?