House, Senate agree to meet to reconcile voter ID bills
Differences on the voter ID bills center on whether student IDs are an acceptable form of identification at the polls.
The current voter ID law allowed for the 2012 election a list of seven forms of identification acceptable at a polling place, including a student ID, and absent any of those, verification of the person's identity by a local election official. If a voter was challenged, the voter would fill out a "challenged voter affidavit."
The Senate cut the acceptable forms of photo ID to four. It eliminated a student ID as a clearly acceptable form of ID, and left it up to the discretion of local election officials to determine if a student ID is "legitimate."
The Senate assigned Republican Sens. David Boutin and Jeanie Forrester and Democrat David Pierce to the conference committee. The House assigned Democratic Reps. Gary Richardson, Mary Ann Knowles, Robert Perry and David Cote. The conference committee is scheduled to meet Monday.
Current voter registration law says that to register, one must show that he or she is domiciled in New Hampshire. To do that, current law says, one must sign a form acknowledging that he is subject to the laws of the state, "including laws requiring a driver to register a motor vehicle and apply for a New Hampshire's driver's license within 60 days of becoming a resident."
The Senate version says a person registering to vote must sign a form acknowledging that he is subject to the laws of the state, including laws that "may" require a driver to register a motor vehicle and apply for a driver's license within 60 days of becoming a resident.
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