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