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Strong majority support 30-day voter residency requirement - 153 participants

Apr 11, 2015

Thinking of moving? A bill recently passed by the NH Senate (SB 179) would require adults to establish residency in the state for at least thirty days before being eligible to vote. On April 11, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) put the issue to its 57,000+ Facebook members, asking “Should voters have to live in NH at least 30 days before voting?”

Should voters have to live in NH at least 30 days before voting?

30 Day Voter Residency Requirement NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 153 participants gave 498 responses.

A total of 76% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 24% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 153 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 498 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said

Yes: A strong majority, at 80% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of imposing a 30 day voter residency requirement.

  • “Permanent residents only! College kids and other visitors should have to vote absentee ballots in their home state, not cancel out my vote.”
  • “NH is known for the ease of 'drive by' voting and it makes a mockery of the election process in our state. 30 days isn't even enough but tied with the requirement to prove residency then I think it's a fair compromise.”

No:  The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 20%, were opposed to imposing a 30 day voter residency requirement.

  • “We cannot afford to lose even more ground regarding our voting rights, these are our inalienable rights.”
  • “This would mean that NH would be denying people moving into the state their constitutional right to vote.”

Other: As noted above, 24% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • The legitimacy of claims of voter fraud in NH. 
  • Whether college students should be required to vote in their home state.

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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Related Bill

SB 179 (2015)
Bill Status: Vetoed by Governor
Hearing date: Apr 07, 2015

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