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No ID required!!!

There is no law in New Hampshire that says you need a photo ID to vote!!

I just got back from voting, and I gotta tell you folks, I'm a little upset. I didnt have to wait in line, which was lovely. As I was retrieving my ballot, I was asked for my photo ID. I asked her why she needed my ID, and she looked me in the face and told me it was the law. I told her that was not true, and it was disappointing that she would be telling people that, as people without a photo ID may be scared out of voting. You do not need an ID to vote in N.H., and telling people that you do should be against the law. UGH. Granted, this happened in Windham, where very few people wouldn't have a photo ID. I worry that the communities with a larger population at or near the poverty level may be misleading voters, and possibly deterring eligible voters from doing their democratic duty. I wish I had voted earlier, as I am sure that this behavior has been going on all day.

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New2NH812 November 07, 2012 at 12:20 PM
It is the law and became effective Nov 1, 2012. If a voter does not have a photo ID, they can submit a signed affidavit and then vote. It's a good idea to do your own research before accusing our election poll volunteers of untruths and blasting out your own inaccurate blog post.
Colleen Regan November 07, 2012 at 02:30 PM
You are correct, and I was wrong.Technically, it is the law. However, the gigantic sign on the front of the gym saying "have picture id ready" may mislead people into thinking that ID was required to vote. No alternatives were made apparent, and therefore some may have been dissuaded when they saw the sign. The point I am trying to make (badly, I'm afraid) is that the alternatives to photo ID need to be spelled out equally. The lady at the polling station absolutely made me feel as though it would be a long, complicated process to vote without a picture ID. It should have been made clear somewhere that you would be allowed to vote whether you had an picture ID or you didn't. It is all of our responsibility to make the rules governing elections clear and concise for all voters.
One Man Wolf Pack November 07, 2012 at 03:30 PM
You forgot to add "secure" and "free from fraudulence" to your responsibility declaration. Then again it sounds like you are more interested in ignorant rhetoric than anything to do with a clean election. As to your assertion of people being potentially misled and leaving; there was a "massive turnout" in Windham if I am not mistaken. http://windham.patch.com/articles/republicans-sweep-windham-in-massive-turnout Please do a little investigation before throwing around accusations of such gravity. In my opinion you should retract this entire article and chalk it up to mistaken ignorance.
David November 08, 2012 at 01:44 PM
In addition to being wrong, it sounds like you were rude to the volunteer. Be as quick to apologize as you have been to criticize.

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