Relative to nomination papers (proportioned to population)

Introduced in 2015 Legislative Session as HB 665, was deemed “Inexpedient to Legislate” and died on the House floor by a vote of 286-56 (this was a roll call vote).

AN ACT relative to nomination papers.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 Nomination by Nomination Papers. Amend RSA 655:41 to read as follows:

655:42 Number.

I. It shall require the names of [3,000] registered voters[, 1,500] equaling 1/10 of one percent of the total population of each United States congressional district, as determined by the most recent federal census, from each United States congressional district in the state, to nominate by nomination papers a candidate for president, United States senator, or governor or a political organization.

II. It shall require the names of [1,500 voters] registered voters equaling 1/10 of one percent of the total population, as determined by the most recent federal census, in the district to nominate by nomination papers a candidate for United States representative[; 750 to nominate a candidate for], councilor, [or] state senator[; and 150 to nominate a candidate for], state representative, or county officer.

III. [It shall require the names of registered voters equaling 3 percent of the total votes cast at the previous state general election to nominate by nomination papers a political organization.] For the purposes of this section, a political organization or candidate shall be credited for 5 signatures for each hour of volunteer service performed in New Hampshire. Proof of service shall be accepted in the form of a signed paper showing at least the number of hours, dates of service actually performed, and the name and phone number, or other contact information, of the person who is verifying that volunteer service was performed, or by any other means that the secretary of state accepts as proof.

2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

Possible amendment:
Amend II. It shall require the names of [1,500 voters] registered voters equaling 1/10 of one percent of the total population, as determined by the most recent federal census, in the district to nominate by nomination papers a candidate for United States representative[; 750 to nominate a candidate for], councilor, [or] state senator[; and 150 to nominate a candidate for, state representative], or county officer; and the names of 20 registered voters or the names of registered voters equaling 1/10 of one percent of the total population, as determined by the most recent federal census, in the district, whichever is greater, to nominate a candidate for state representative.

Repeal III

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