The New Hampshire Secretary of State has testified that 50,000 citizens who are eligible to vote don’t have a photo ID. Most of those non-drivers are older people who had to stop driving because of vision or health problems, disabled people who are unable to drive, young people who can’t afford a car or driving lessons and city people who have public transportation.
All of them can register to vote by providing other documents. Now, the Legislature has sent the Governor a bill, SB289, that would require these people to show a driver’s or non-driver’s license, a passport or military ID in order to get a ballot on Election Day. If they don’t have one of those four IDs, they’ll have to fill out an affidavit, get it notarized, get a photo taken and give the affidavit and photo to the Ballot Clerks every time they go to vote.
One of my State Representatives, Al Baldasaro, told me once that if only one person votes who isn’t registered it’s too many. My response to him is that if only one person is denied their Constitutional right to vote it’s too many.
Very, very few people have passports or military IDs. Basically, SB289 is a bill that makes not driving a car grounds to discriminate against people who have the Constitutional right to vote.
I urge the Governor to veto SB289 and I urge the Legislators to sustain the veto.