The state of New Hampshire and its four electoral votes went to President Obama in 2012 by a little over 40,000 votes, a much closer margin than he enjoyed in the 2008 election.
And as the legislature in the Granite State continues to battle over voter rights, a report out Tuesday says a Democratic state senator there has multiple voters registered at her home address.
State Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, has eight people registered to vote under her single-family address in Portsmouth, according to the local ABC affiliate WMUR. Several of these individuals came to the state to work on campaigns and voted in elections before moving on.
The law is very vague and, in theory, a person could move into the state a day before an election, establish domicile, vote and then leave the next day.
When asked about the legitimacy of their domicile status, Clark told WMUR:
“By and large, the young people who stayed with me were committed to New Hampshire, but given their age, whether they intended to stay is impossible to predict.”
Steve MacDonald, of the popular conservative blog Granite Grok, is more than a little skeptical.
“Clark was housing professional campaign workers who do not live here but voted here,” he wrote on Tuesday. “Who very likely voted for her and every other Democrat up and down that ticket. Then they left because that is why they came. To vote for Democrats.”
MacDonald pointed out that Superior Court Judge John Lewis “punched a big enough hole in the domicile law” when he put a hold on a new voter registration law that the Republican-dominated Legislature passed in 2012 over Democrat Gov. John Lynch’s veto.
Opponents of the law claimed it would “disenfranchise” nonresident college students, and the timely ruling came down just weeks before the November election.
Interestingly, WMUR also reported that Alana Biden, the vice president’s niece, worked on Obama’s campaign and voted in New Hampshire on election day by swearing in an affidavit that her domicile was in Manchester.
After the election, the report stated, she left the state and moved to New York, according to her LinkedIn profile. A good indication, as MacDonald noted, that Clark is not the only Democrat in the state doing this.
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