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Going to vote? Don’t forget your ID
If you are voting in today’s primary elections (if not, why aren’t you?), do not forget to bring a photo ID. You can vote without one today, but you might as well get into the habit of bringing it to the polls.
Today’s elections are the first under the state’s new voter ID law. You should bring your ID to your polling place and be prepared to show it. What if you don’t have a photo ID? Don’t worry. Contrary to opponents’ caterwauling, the law does not disenfranchise anyone. You will be allowed to vote.
But starting in November, if you show up without an accepted photo ID you must sign a challenged voter affidavit stating that you are who you say you are.
The Secretary of State’s Office lists the following forms of ID as acceptable for all elections between now and next Sept. 1:
-- Any state driver’s license;
-- A NH DMV ID card;
-- A U.S. Armed Services ID card;
-- A U.S. Passport;
-- A valid federal, state or local government photo ID card;
-- A valid student ID.
Local election officials are empowered to accept other IDs “deemed legitimate.”
Again, if you don’t have one of those, you can still vote today. But it is a good idea to get one before the general election on Nov. 6.
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