The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of New Hampshire filed a federal lawsuit challenging a New Hampshire law that unconstitutionally restricts the right to vote for students, young people, and those new to the state.

The lawsuit was brought on behalf of two Dartmouth College students who will be required to pay for New Hampshire driver’s licenses if they vote in the next election. If they don’t, they could face criminal penalties. The law, HB 1264, burdens their right to vote and acts as a “poll tax” by requiring new voters to shift their home state driver’s licenses and registrations to New Hampshire — which can add up to hundreds of dollars — solely for exercising their right to vote. 

The case was filed in U.S. District Court in Concord. It names Secretary of State William Gardner and Attorney General Gordon MacDonald as defendants.

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