Senate Election Law & Municipal Affairs Passes SB 46
Contact Name: Marina Altschiller
Phone: (603) 271-3207
CONCORD – Today, the Senate Election Law & Municipal Affairs Committee unanimously passed SB 46. SB 46 authorizes cities and towns to use electronic poll book devices for voter registration and check-in at elections, as long as they comply with all applicable state statutes.
After the vote, prime sponsor Senator Rebecca Perkins Kwoka (D-Portsmouth) issued the following statement:
“The use of e-poll books has been incredibly successful for the cities and towns in New Hampshire that have used them on a trial basis, and are eager to make use of these machines permanent. Passage of this enabling legislation will now allow any municipality to opt-in to using these devices for their elections, should they choose to do so. By having poll book information electronically, voters will more quickly and efficiently be able to move through the polling place, and ease the administrative burdens on elections officials. Passage of this bill is an important step toward making New Hampshire elections even more efficient, and I’m proud to give cities and towns this exciting opportunity.”