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New Voter ID Law Changes What is Needed at the Polls

During the 2012 legislative session, the New Hampshire legislature passed House Bill 1354, also known as the “Voter ID” Law. The new law will phase in a photo identification requirement over a period of time.

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According to the New Hampshire Secretary of State, a voter will have two options to get a ballot at the polls on November 6: show a valid photo ID to the Ballot Clerk or sign an affidavit.

Here are the types of photo IDs considered acceptable:

  • Driver’s license issued by any state, even if expired
  • ID card issued by New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles
  • US Armed Services ID card
  • US passport, even if expired
  • Valid photo ID from federal, 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, such as an ID issued by employer
  • Verification of identity by a supervisor of the checklist, the moderator, or the clerk.

Any voter who does not present an approved photo ID will be permitted to vote after executing a “challenged voter affidavit.” After the election, the voter who uses an affidavit will receive a letter from the Secretary of State requesting the voter to confirm that he or she voted. There is no penalty for voters who do not respond to the letter.

Any voter who doesn’t respond to the Secretary of State’s letter within 90 days will be contacted by the Attorney General’s office and requested to confirm whether he or she voted. There is no penalty for voters who not respond to a letter from the Attorney General.

A voter who does not have an approved photo ID may obtain a free photo ID for voting purposes only by presenting a voucher to the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles from their town/city clerk or the Secretary of State.

Voting by absentee ballot does not require a photo ID. To keep up to date on any changes for voters, visit the New Hampshire Secretary of State or New Hampshire League of Women Voters online.

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