The 2012 Voter ID Law, What is Next?

The New Hampshire “Voter ID” Law requires that for any election, voters present a photo ID to check in and vote.  For elections held prior to September 1, 2013, the identification can be:  a U.S. Passport, Federal ID card such as a military ID, State ID such as driver’s License (even if expired) or DMV issued non-driver ID card, valid student ID, other photo ID “deemed legitimate” by the Supervisors of the Checklist, the Moderator or the Town Clerk.  Further, if the Clerk, Moderator or Supervisor of the Checklist can verify identity of the voter, then ID is not required.  The end result is to permit many forms of ID, and, if the voter has none of them, and the voter is unable to confirm identity through any of these means, the voter may fill out and swear to an affidavit that he or she was who he or she said they were, and then get a ballot.  The statute becomes further operational on September 1, 2013, at which time, different, somewhat more restrictive requirements for ID will be put in place. 

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