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July 11. 2012 12:50AM

Attorney general asks DOJ to expedite voter ID review

CONCORD — State officials last week asked the Department of Justice to expedite its review of New Hampshire’s new photo ID voting law.

The Attorney General’s Office made the request last week after submitting the new law to the federal agency for approval along with another new law on voter registration.

New Hampshire must submit changes in election law to the DOJ because 10 communities in the state were found in violation of the federal Voting Rights Act during the 1968 Presidential election.

The federal department will do the review to ensure the new laws do not denying or hinder right to vote due to race, color or language.

People wishing to comment on the new laws can contact the U.S. DOJ at 1-800-253-3931, via email at vot1973c@us.doj.gov; or by submitting written comments to Chief, Voting Section, Civil Rights Division, Room 7254 — NWB, Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20530.

The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Elections Unit can be contacted at 1-866-8868-3703 or electionlaw@doj.nh.gov.

The new voter ID law requires a person to have photo identification beginning with the November general election. A person without a photo ID may fill out a challenged voter affidavit in order to vote.

In subsequent elections, the persons without photo ID will also be photographed and have the photo attached to the affidavit.

The DOJ has 60 days to review the submissions. The review period ends about two weeks prior to the September primary.

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Garry Rayno may be reached at grayno@unionleader.com.


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