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NH AFL-CIO decries photo ID law in Dunbarton; town moderator says union complaint based on false information

By Kathy Remillard
Union Leader Correspondent

November 06. 2012 5:16PM

DUNBARTON - Officials said accusations made in a petition today that was to be sent to the Governor and Secretary of State because residents were denied the right to vote are false.

'Only hours after the polls opened, there have been reports from the NH AFL-CIO of poll workers in Dunbarton telling voters that they cannot cast their ballots without showing photo identification,' a statement from the organization read.

The organization urged the governor to put a stop to requiring an ID at the polls.

Dunbarton Town Moderator Fred Mullen said the petition is based on false information.

'Nobody's been refused,' he said, but added that a mix-up occurred when a Selectman instructed voters to access their IDs early this morning.

Mullen said before the Selectman could further instruct people to complete a voter identification affidavit if they did not have identification, a man interjected that he did not need to show one.

Mullen said he intervened and explained the process, and the man showed his ID without further incident.

Dunbarton Police Chief said that even with a large voter turnout, voting was conducted in an orderly fashion.

'Several folks had no ID and went through the process fine,' he said.

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