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Voter eligibility battle heightens in New Hampshire

A New Hampshire voter casts his ballot at Amherst Street Elementary School.
A New Hampshire voter casts his ballot at Amherst Street Elementary School in November 2016. Photo: Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images

New Hampshire lawmakers have advanced a key voting rights measure along party lines this week tightening residency requirements to vote — a move critics say deliberately targets college students and others who are more likely to vote Democratic.

The state of play: Currently, out-of-state students and others who aren’t fully residents can declare the state their domicile for voting purposes. The measure seeks to require voters to prove they are a resident of the state by obtaining a state driver’s license and registering their vehicle. Those who don’t drive would have to show alternate documents to validate their permanent residency status.