Resource: American Fed. of Teachers v. Gardner

By: Healthy Elections Project

October 7, 2020

Healthy Elections Project

New Hampshire has traditionally been an in-person registration and voting state, with 90% of the electorate voting in person in the 2016 and 2018 elections. Plaintiffs contend that the absentee registration request process is unduly cumbersome and would lead to disenfranchisement of New Hampshire citizens who are navigating the absentee registration and voting process for the first time. In particular, Plaintiffs challenge New Hampshire’s witness requirement, documentation requirement, and Election Day receipt deadline. Additionally, Plaintiffs also challenge the postage requirement, citing excessive burden and costs. Plaintiffs request that court find these rules and requirements to be in violation of the New Hampshire Constitution and to enjoin the state from enforcing these requirements.