Judge says challenge to New Hampshire voter law can go forward

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A federal judge says a challenge to New Hampshire’s new voter residency law can continue.

Judge Joseph Laplante on Tuesday refused to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of two Dartmouth College students.

The new law ends the state’s distinction between “domicile” and “residency” for voting purposes, which means out-of-state college students who vote in New Hampshire would also be subject to residency requirements, such as getting New Hampshire driver’s licenses or registering their cars.

Laplante heard about two hours of arguments on the state’s requests to dismiss the case and to remove Secretary of State William Gardner as a defendant.

After denying both motions, Laplante said while he agrees the students have standing to sue, he isn’t saying they have a particularly strong case.

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