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Vote, leave, repeat: Open season on NH elections

August 27. 2013 7:28PM

The AG's "investigation," if one can call it that, concluded that the four campaign workers "established a physical presence" at Fuller Clark's home, and her home "remained their domicile until they moved after the election." And that is that. No fraud.

And yet the statute governing domicile for voting purposes states clearly that domicile is "that one place where a person, more than any other place, has established a physical presence and manifests an intent to maintain a single, continuous presence for domestic, social, and civil purposes relevant to participating in democratic self-government." The AG's Office interprets "manifests an intent" so broadly as to render the phrase meaningless.

The ramifications of this lethargic law enforcement are obvious. Anyone can come to New Hampshire, vote, leave immediately, and face no criminal penalty. Journalists covering the New Hampshire primary may legally vote here as long as they stay in someone's home, not a hotel, and have their mail delivered here. Out-of-staters of any kind may pop in, vote and leave. The need to change the law is now glaringly obvious. Legislators should make it a top priority next year.

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