A judge in New Hampshire has barred a law that would require some voters to show proof of residency when they register.
“Where the law threatens to disenfranchise an individual’s right to vote, the only viable remedy is to enjoin its enforcement,” Presiding Justice Kenneth C. Brown wrote in support of his decision to temporarily suspend the Republican backed law.
The legislation in question would require those who register within 30 days of an election to show documents proving that they live in the designated area. Otherwise they must agree to submit it within 10 days or the state will seek to verify their domicile.
Judge Brown said that the registration form was too complicated for many to understand and that it would lengthen lines at polling places while also making it difficult for students, disabled voters and others to cast ballots.