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Final results: Summary results | Town resultsThe BasicsThe New Hampshire primary is a mainstay in American electoral politics. Every four years, voters gather to help determine the Republican and/or Democratic nominee for President. While the state only has 12 electoral votes in 2012 (normally it’s 24, but the Republican National Committee penalized the state party for moving up the event date), the primary’s position as one of the earliest contests gives the state out-sized influence over the nomination process.Only the Iowa caucuses come before New Hampshire’s primary. Traditionally, New Hampshire’s broad-based primary contest has been seen as a counter-weight to Iowa’s more drawn-out caucus process, which tends to draw a smaller core of party faithful. In the case of the 2012 Republican race, New Hampshire’s electorate is seen to represent the more libertarian-leaning, fiscally conservative wing of the party, while Iowa voters are seen as representing the socially conservative wing of the GOP base.N.H. Primary summary provided by StateImpact - NH reporter, Amanda Loder

Next Week's Primaries A Dry Run For New Voter ID Law

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This week, the feds approved New Hampshire’s controversial new voter ID law.  But voters won’t notice much difference during the upcoming primary elections.  If you go to the polls next week and don’t have proper ID, you will still get your ballot--and a document explaining the new law.  The real change will come during the general elections in November.  Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan says November voters coming to the polls without ID will have to sign an affidavit swearing that they are who they say they are.  Then they get to cast their votes.

“There’s no requirement that a voter must get a voter ID," Scanlan says.  "If they are willing to sign a challenged voter affidavit every election when they go in to vote, in lieu of presenting an ID, then they could continue to do that in perpetuity.”

Acceptable ID includes a driver’s license from any state, a US passport—either can be expired—and military and student ID’s, among others.  Scanlan says the law also calls for the state to provide free ID’s for voters who don’t have them, which should be available in early October.