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Wednesday
Jun032015

Granite State Taxpayers Supports SB 179 

Granite State Taxpayers Supports SB 179

 

 Granite State Taxpayers (GST) announces that it supports Senate Bill 179 and recommends that those who are concerned with preserving representative government should advise their legislators and the Governor to support SB179 as well. 

 

Senate Bill 179 would establish a requirement that persons be a resident of New Hampshire for at least 30 days before voting.

 

The US Supreme Court Dunn v. Blumstein decision of March 21, 1972 declared lengthy residency requirements for voting in state and local elections unconstitutional and suggested that 30 days was an ample period. The Supreme Court has stated that “States have valid and sufficient interests in providing for some period of time - prior to an election - in order to prepare adequate voter records and protect its electoral processes from possible frauds.” Also, “States have the power to require that voters be bona fide residents of the relevant political subdivision.” 

 

Currently, 47 states and the District of Columbia require a citizen to be either a resident, or to be registered to vote, or both, for a period of time before voting. “Voter residency or registration requirements of 20 days or more are in place in 40 states, and 27 of those require 30 days.” said Jim Adams, Chairman of the Granite State Taxpayers Board of Directors. 

 

New Hampshire elections have featured a ballot question on a Constitutional Amendment concerning an income tax, and each election elects Representatives and Senators who will vote on taxes, fees and spending over their term in office. 

 

“It is not right for a person to vote in New Hampshire to raise our taxes while not being subject to those taxes due to a primary residence and drivers license in another state” said Adams. “If bona-fide residents get their votes diluted by visitors, the result is taxation without representation, which has been recognized as an injustice since at least 1775.”

 

 “SB179 is an important step in insuring ballot integrity in New Hampshire elections,” said Adams.

 

 Granite State Taxpayers is New Hampshire's oldest statewide taxpayer association. Founded in 1990 by former Governor Mel Thomson and former State Senator George Lovejoy, our mission is to inform, educate and motivate New Hampshire taxpayers and to influence the legislature on their behalf. Visit GST on the web at: www.granitestatetaxpayers.org

Friday
Apr102015

NH GOP - Stop Drive-by Voting in New Hampshire 

Friends,

 

For far too long, there have been questions surrounding the legitimacy of some votes cast in New Hampshire elections. "Drive-by voting", as Secretary of State Bill Gardner calls it.

 

It seems like a simple enough concept: people who vote in New Hampshire should live in New Hampshire.

 

Republicans have introduced legislation to clarify existing election law with a thirty day residency requirement to vote in New Hampshire. But Governor Hassan and her Democratic colleagues are politicizing this commonsense effort to ensure the integrity of our elections.

 

This morning, the New Hampshire Republican Party launched a petition to gather support for the passage of this critical legislation.

 

Will you sign the petition today?

 

Thank you for standing up for the integrity of New Hampshire elections.

S
incerely,
 

Jennifer Horn

Chairman

New Hampshire Republican State Committee

P
.S. Please forward this email to your personal networks, friends and family. You can share the petition easily with this link: bit.ly/nhdomicile

Thursday
Mar122015

NH Senator Carson proposes updated voter residency requirements 

New Hampshire Senate

News Release

Concord, NH - Today the Public and Municipal Affairs Committee heard a bill that would clarify the residency requirement for voting purposes in New Hampshire.

The bill, SB 4, replaces the definition of domicile for voting purposes to more clearly identify New Hampshire residents who are legally able to vote in the state.

Senator Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry), the prime bill sponsor, released a statement following the hearing:

“The intention of this bill is to make sure legal residents of our state have meaningful elections so voters can affect change in the communities they are invested in,” said Senator Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry).

“New Hampshire’s current voting law does not clearly define the qualifications of a voting resident in the state. This bill, SB 4, serves to clarify the definition of a legal voting resident as 46 other states have done.”

“The Secretary of State Bill Gardner and I worked to produce a bill that would clarify the meaning of being a legal resident for voting purposes without infringing on an individual’s right to vote. Secretary Gardner is the state’s authority on elections and he has given his support of this bill,” Carson continued.

 

Thursday
Oct302014

DNC Response to Polito’s (R-MA) Support for Voter ID Laws that Needlessly Make Voting Harder

Washington, DC - Last night in the Lt. Governors debate in Newton, Republican Karyn Polito reaffirmed her support for controversial Republican voter ID laws that needlessly make voting harder and suppress voter turnout.

 

In response to Polito’s comments, Pratt Wiley, the Democratic National Committee’s Director of Voter Expansion, released the following statement:

 

“In Massachusetts this year, Gov. Patrick signed one of the most expansive and modern voting laws in the entire nation – bringing early voting, online voter registration and pre-registration to the Commonwealth.  These improvements are going to bring more citizens into the process, because in Massachusetts we know we solve problems with more democracy, not less. The choice is clear, while Steve Kerrigan is committed to expanding opportunity for all, Karyn Polito is pulling a page from the same cynical Republican playbook that believes that when fewer people vote, they win more elections.”

Saturday
Jul272013

ALG's Daily Grind - Eric Holder v. Texas 

July 26, 2013

Eric Holder v. Texas

Attorney General Eric Holder: ""Based on the evidence of intentional racial discrimination that was presented last year in the redistricting case, Texas v. Holder — as well as the history of pervasive voting-related discrimination against racial minorities that the Supreme Court itself has recognized — we believe that the State of Texas should be required to go through a preclearance process whenever it changes its voting laws and practices."

Fore!!!  California taxes take hefty toll on Phil Mickelson

Mickelson made a dream come true by winning the British Open and the $1.4 million that goes with it, but perhaps no one was more excited than California Governor Jerry Brown.  With a state income tax of 13.3 percent for every dollar earned above two million, Mickelson's win amounted to a $186,000 windfall for the formerly Golden State.

Detroit is coming to a city near you

Motown's real bankruptcy is moral and intellectual – and it affects not only Detroit but almost all of America's greatest cities and most states. Just Google "pension tsunami" and you'll see why.

Fung: Justin Amash almost beat the NSA. Next time, he might do it.

"The leadership of both parties, as well as the White House, vocally opposed weakening the NSA's ability to conduct surveillance. But Amash still managed to mount a strong defense — which suggests that momentum is building for critics of the NSA."