Gov. Lynch Lets Bill Fixing Voter ID Affidavit Become Law

Jul 6, 2012

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.

Lynch originally vetoed a voter ID bill in part because he objected to a provision that called for having those without identification to sign an affidavit. The Legislature overrode his veto and passed a separate bill tweaking the affidavit provision. It was that revised bill that became law.

Lynch said Friday the new bill is better but that it's still unnecessarily restrictive.

Under the new laws, a wide range of identification would be acceptable for elections this fall, but after that, only driver's licenses, state-issued non-driver's identification cards, passports or military IDs would be allowed.