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A lawyer for the state of New Hampshire says the language of a voter registration law that lower courts have declared confusing and unconstitutional is legally accurate.

In arguments to the NH Supreme Court Wednesday, Assistant Attorney General Stephen LaBonte says the 2012 law amending voter registration forms simply clarifies that those who reside here must abide by laws requiring them to obtain drivers' licenses and register their vehicles if they are residents.

Tracy Lee Carroll, NHPR

A New Hampshire judge has struck down a law requiring out-of-state students to establish legal residency before being allowed to vote.

The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union challenged the law on behalf of four out-of-state college students two years ago, shortly after lawmakers overrode a veto by then-Gov. John Lynch and passed Senate Bill 318.

New Hampshire students will still be able to use their school-issued IDs to vote after lawmakers approved a modified bill Wednesday.

Under a law passed last year, student IDs would no longer have been valid at polls starting this fall. But lawmakers are rolling back that provision, allowing New Hampshire-based school IDs as proof of identity.

Revisiting Voter ID

Apr 18, 2013

Today on The Exchange, revisiting New Hampshire's Voter ID laws. With stricter ID provisions ready to kick in at the polls this September, a new house bill looks to pull back on these requirements. Supporters cite disproportionate toll on certain groups of voters, such as minorities and the elderly, while opponents voice concerns about potential fraud. We're talking to both sides of this issue, taking place not only in the Granite State, but states across the country.

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Some key votes are coming up within a busy House docket: the tobacco tax increase, expected to pass, but at less than the Governor's proposed level; freezing the second phase of the Voter ID law, halting provisions set to take effect this fall that would eliminate some of the current acceptable forms of identification, namely college students' school IDs; a change of the "Stand Your Ground" law, reinstating the requirement that people make an effort to retreat before using deadly force.

N.H. House Votes To Reverse Voter Registration Law

Mar 13, 2013

The House has voted to change a voter registration law that will make it clear that out-of-state college students have a right to vote in New Hampshire.

A group of Democratic lawmakers want to repeal the voter ID requirements implemented under Republican leadership.

Current law requires that voters be asked for photo identification at the polls, but does not require they have one to cast a ballot.

In elections this year, people who wanted to vote but did not have ID had to sign an affidavit.

Proponents argue the measure helps to prevent voter fraud, but Tim Horrigan, a Durham Democrat, says there is no evidence that a problem exists.

State Begins Tabulating Cost Of Voter ID Law

Nov 26, 2012
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The Secretary of State’s Office says the first Election Day under the new Voter ID law was a low-cost success story.  But over the next few months, those costs will rise.

But how much money the state will have to pay to implement and enforce the Voter ID law is still an open question. 

NH Secretary of State

Today, everyone who goes to the polls will be asked to show a photo-ID in order to vote. This is the second  step in a phased in process instituting voter ID’s over the next few election cycles. The process began with the primary in September when poll workers asked to see an ID but let voters cast a ballot regardless of whether they produced one or not.

Today poll workers will ask for an ID, and anyone who does not have one will have to sign “a qualified voter affidavit” stating,

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The State’s election officials are gearing up for Election Day, preparing voters and town workers to implement the state’s new voter ID law.

Back in September, the new law required poll workers to ask for an ID during the primary. The idea was to start educating voters, even though it wasn’t required to vote.

The Secretary of State’s office says around 6.5% of voters either didn’t have an ID, or refused to show one in protest of the new law.

Delaney: Obviously it’s a sensitive issue.

Free Voter Identification Cards Now Available

Oct 8, 2012

If you show up to vote on November 6th, election officials will, for the first time in New Hampshire, ask for identification. Voters can show a driver’s license, military ID, student ID or a passport.

For those without an ID, the state is now ready to distribute a free voter ID card, says David Scanlan, Deputy Secretary of State.

Tracy Lee Carroll, NHPR

For the first time, Granite State voters will be expected to show photo ID at the polls in November.  New Hampshire now one of eleven states that require or request photo identification to cast a ballot. 

But that number continues to change. In Pennsylvania, for example, a judge recently halted parts of that state’s strict photo ID law

Gardner Weighs In On Voter ID Law

Oct 4, 2012

New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner has weighed in on the state's new voter registration law, saying "it cannot be" that non-residents can somehow claim domicile for voting purposes only.

Pres. Clinton Criticizes N.H. Voter ID Law

Oct 3, 2012
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Former President Bill Clinton is telling college students in the battleground state of New Hampshire that they have the right to vote either where they attend school or at home.

N.H. Court Hears Challenge To Voter Registration Law

Sep 19, 2012

A Strafford County judge is hearing from advocacy groups suing the state over a new law that effectively blocks out-of-state students from voting in New Hampshire.

The U.S. Justice Department recently approved our law requiring photo identification…not for today’s primary, but beginning with November’s general election. Supporters say an ID is needed to combat voter fraud – but others say it will disenfranchise some voters. We look at what to expect, and how the requirements will change over time.

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  • David Scanlon – New Hampshire Deputy Secretary of State..His office oversees state elections.

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Last week, the Justice Department approved New Hampshire's new law requiring voters to present a valid photo ID at the polls, or to sign an affidavit attesting to their identity in order to vote. Josh Rogers, NHPR’s Senior Political Reporter, is here with more on what New Hampshire voters can expect. 

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N.H. Cleared By Feds To Implement New Voter I.D. Law

Sep 5, 2012

The U.S. Department of Justice has cleared the way for New Hampshire to implement its new voter identification law for the upcoming elections.

Gov. John Lynch has allowed a bill requiring photo identification at polling places to become law without his signature, but he says he hopes the New Hampshire Legislature will revisit the issue.

Amanda Loder

Wednesday the New Hampshire House and Senate overrode seven of Gov. John Lynch’s vetoes and allowed six to stand.

The voting came rapid-fire in the Senate, which made it through seven of its own bills in the morning, and then waited for the House to work through its backlog in the afternoon. The House votes came at a statelier pace at first, but then picked up after lunch. At the end of the day seven of Lynch's vetoes were knocked down, and six allowed to stand.

Photo Identification of Voters Becomes Law

Jun 27, 2012

The Legislature has overridden Governor Lynch’s veto of a voter ID law. The bill allows a variety of forms this fall—including student IDs. Starting next year, only government issued identifications, including driver’s licenses, military ID’s and passports will be accepted.

Representative David Bates of Windham told colleagues that tighter restrictions are needed to ensure fair elections.

Veto Day Arrives at Statehouse

Jun 26, 2012
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With 15 vetoes, the most ever by a Governor in a single session, John Lynch hasn’t been shy about wielding his power. Now, Republicans will work to override some of those measures when they gather in Concord on Wednesday.

Sen. John Gallus, a Republican from Berlin, was one of six senators who voted against a voter-identification bill.

 Nevertheless on Wednesday SB 289 passed 17-6.

In the House it passed 255 – 103 with 10 North Country representatives voting in favor of it.

Five voted against and one was excused from voting.

Lawmakers Agree On Voter ID Bill

May 31, 2012

House and Senate negotiators have agreed to take turns when it comes to legislation requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.