NH Supreme Court to Hear Residency/Voter Registration Case

Ian Freeman recently had a “residency” case dropped by the City of Keene. Whether or not this case comes back in one form or another is yet to be seen. However, The New Hampshire Supreme Court may end up deciding the residency issue before the City of Keene (or DMV) decides whether or not to pursue additional actions against Mr. Freeman.

The Fosters Daily Democrat reports, “A trial is tentatively set for February 2014 to decide whether New Hampshire will be allowed to use controversial language on its voter registration forms that was previously blocked by a judge.”

The case is Rivers, et. al. v State of New Hampsire. A temporary injunction was issued by Strafford County Superior Court Judge John Lewis preventing the state from using new voter registration forms that included a paragraph discussing motor vehicle and residency requirements. Lewis wrote the new wording was an “inaccurate and confusing expression of the law” that “does not pass constitutional muster.”

The lawsuit was brought forth by the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire and four students represented by the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union.