Attorney General Issues Reminders Ahead of State Senate Special Election

Jul 24, 2017

There’s a special election for the state Senate Tuesday in District 16 — which covers Bow, Candia, Hooksett and part of Manchester.

In light of what it describes as “some confusion regarding the use of different forms of identification by voters,” the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office sent a memo this weekend to election workers in that district outlining what kind of documents voters will need at the polls.

The new voter law that elicited the lion’s share of debate during this year’s legislative session, SB3, won’t go into effect until September. That law changes how the state handles proof of domicile — in other words, proof that a voter lives where they’re trying to vote.

But in the meantime, the letter from the attorney general’s office says election workers should still be asking voters to provide another kind of proof – that they are who they say they are – using a photo ID. The state says that could mean a valid driver’s license, a nondriver ID from the DMV, a passport, valid student ID or military ID.

If you are an otherwise eligible New Hampshire voter and just don’t have the right kind of ID with you, you shouldn’t be turned away — instead, you can sign what’s called a “challenged voter affidavit,” confirming your identity.

Any questions? The attorney general’s office will have its Election Day hotline open as voters head to the polls Tuesday.