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Thu May 31, 2012
Lawmakers Agree On Voter ID Bill
House and Senate negotiators have agreed to take turns when it comes to legislation requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.
Negotiators agreed Wednesday that the Senate's version of a voter ID bill would be enacted for the elections this fall, and the House version would prevail after that.
If approved, a wide range of identification would be acceptable this fall — including student IDs — but in later elections, only driver's licenses, state-issued non-driver's identification cards, passports or military IDs would be allowed. Those who don't have photo identification would sign an affidavit and be photographed by an election official.
A spokesman for Gov. John Lynch said the governor has serious concerns about the bill.