Lynch Vetoes Voter-ID Bill

Jun 21, 2012

The bill would allow a range of identifications --including student IDs -- in this years elections. But after that only government issued identification would be permitted.

People wishing to cast ballots without would need to sign an affidavit and be photographed by an election official.

In his veto message, Governor Lynch says he could accept a bill allowing voters to present many types of ID. But the Governor says the final bill is too restrictive.

Supporters of the bill say the tighter requirements will reduce the potential for voter fraud.

House Speaker William O’Brien criticized the veto;  accusing  Lynch of  supporting what O’Brien termed "his party’s discrimination mythology.”

Senate leaders called the veto disappointing.