Voters adhere to new ID law, bring picture identification to polls
David Presby checks in at the polls in Sugar Hill on Tuesday as Annette Carbonneau, left, and Anne Hansalik do the paperwork. (Mickey de Rham photo)
The New Hampshire voter ID law may have slowed down voting, but it appears to have gone smoothly on Tuesday, after state officials made efforts to explain the law and facilitate voting for those without an ID, election officials said.
The voter ID law hit its second phase Tuesday, when voters were either asked to show a photo identification or told to fill out a voter challenge affidavit.
Deputy New Hampshire Attorney General Ann Rice said there were no significant problems with voter ID. Her office received mainly questions about acceptable idenfication.
"There was a great deal of effort to educate people about what the process would be," Rice said. Her office went as far as preparing signs that spelled out the law. "I think that's made a big difference," Rice said.
During the September primary, many voting locations erected signs that said a photo ID was required.
Acceptable IDs include a driver's license from any state, whether expired or not; a non-driver license photo ID; a U.S. armed services ID card; a passport, a valid photo ID from any federal, state or municipal government; a valid student ID, or similar ID acceptable to local election officials, according to the New Hampshire League of Women Voters.
Several forms of IDs acceptable in 2012 won't be accepted next year, said Sally Davis, co-president of the League.
In Manchester, several moderators said that photo IDs weren't a problem. People who did not have them filled out a voter challenge affidavit, which required them to sign a form and have it countersigned by an election official.
In Nashua, City Clerk Paul Bergeron said about 10 percent of city voters were expected to show up without IDs.
"It's slowing things down, we fully expected that," Bergeron said.
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