New Voter ID Law Passes, Changes Underway at Polls

Voters who head to the polls this November need to be aware of a new law recently passed requiring voters to provide photo identification. As the law phases in over a period of time, voters will have the chance to adjust to the change in procedures at the voting booths.

The Voter ID Law, as it’s been properly called, will require that during any election prior to September 1, 2013, voters will be asked to provide a form of photo ID. If the election is before November 1, 2012, and the voter does not have appropriate identification, the voter will be informed of the new law and will be allowed to vote. Between November 1, 2012 and September 1, 2013, voters without proper ID will be permitted to vote after executing a “challenged voter affidavit.”

Voters who fill out the affidavit will receive a letter of verification from the Secretary of State requesting confirmation of voting in the election. If the voter does not respond in writing within 30 days of the date it was mailed, the Attorney General will conduct an investigation to determine if fraudulent voting occurred.

Proper identification that will be accepted prior to September 1, 2013, includes the following:

  • Driver’s license issued by any state (even if expired);
  • ID card issued by NH DMV (Division of Motor Vehicles);
  • U.S. Armed Services ID card;
  • U.S. Passport (even if expired);
  • Valid photo ID card issued by either the federal government or a state, county or municipal government;
  • Valid student ID card
  • Other photo ID deemed legitimate by the supervisors of the checklist, the moderator, or the clerk; or
  • Verification of identity by a supervisor of the checklist, the moderator or the clerk.

Voters without the approved form of identification can obtain a free photo ID for voting purposes only by presenting a voucher from their town or city clerk or the Secretary of State to any NH DMV office that issues identifications. For more information, contact your local city or town clerk or the Secretary of State.

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