Voter ID Bill Passes in NH, Governor May Veto It [VIDEO]

House, Senate pass bill that would require voters to present photo ID next year.

A bill requiring voters to show photo identification is heading to Gov. John Lynch's desk, where it could meet his veto pen.

The New Hampshire House and Senate both passed Senate Bill 289 on Wednesday. The House passed it 255-103. The Senate quickly followed, 17-6.

Republican supporters say it would go a long way to curb voter fraud in the state. Lynch, who said in his veto of a similar bill in 2011 that in the Granite State, has concerns with parts of the bill. 

House Democratic Leader Terie Norelli, D-Portsmouth, called it a "voter suppression" bill. Other critics, such as the , have said it will unfairly affect the poor, the elderly and minorities in the state.

The final bill combines the Senate and House versions, with the Senate language designed to go in effect this fall. The stricter House language, which would go into effect in 2013, would require a voter without proper photo ID to sign a qualified voter affidavit and be photographed at the polls by an election official.

Speaking in support of the bill on the House floor Wednesday, state Rep. David Bates, R-Windham, told colleagues to pass the bill because Secretary of State Bill Gardner said he could "live with the bill."

Other speakers did not speak directly to whether or not voter fraud exists in New Hampshire, but rather to the perception that it exists. That perception was reinforced during the New Hampshire Presidential Primary on Jan. 10, when James O'Keefe and his at various polling places, including some in Nashua.

New Hampshire is one of 19 law, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracked a surge in similar voter reforms in states in recent years.

The House version of the bill further excited critics because it would not recognize college IDs as a qualified form of ID in 2013. The photo ID requirements in the House bill would recognize:

  • A driver's license issued by a state or the federal government.
  • An ID card issued by the director of the state Division of Motor Vehicles, under RSA 260:21.
  • A U.S. Armed Services ID card.
  • A U.S. Passport
  • And the qualified voter affidavit, as prescribed in the proposed law.

Voter ID bills have come up in previous legislative sessions. It became a priority this year for House Speaker William O'Brien, the Mont Vernon Republican who captured the gavel after 2010 with large Tea Party support. Sponsors of the 2012 bill include Sen. Russell Prescott, R-Kingston, and Deputy House Speaker Pamela Tucker, R-Greenland.

Donald Chagnon June 15, 2012 at 02:48 PM
You have to show an ID to cash a check, board a plane, get a prescription, join a sports league, leave the country, by beer, by cigarettes, legally receive government benefits and on and on, but it is against the poor to make them show one to vote? Voter fraud in this country was first widely used in the USA by the Daly Administration in Chicago during the election of JFK. Democrats have perfected it over the years. One illegal voter is one more than is allowed by our law. The voter ID bill does not make it any more difficult to vote than it does to board a plane. Governor Lynch should follow the will of the people and sign this into law.
JIM June 15, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Steve, there is no proof that voter ID will suppress voter turnout of any one group of people. In fact polls show the majority of Americans support voter ID, this is another manufactured talking point by the left wing because with out the illegal vote they will lose more elections. This is why the left continually demonises the Tea Party ,your scared of what they represent smaller government and the constitution, both of which the left hate . By your way of lefty thinking, if a criminal commits a crime and if the crime is one that is not committed that often we should just let it go, forget about it , its no big deal right, I mean its just a little crime. As a LEGAL voter, I have a RIGHT to a fair and honest election you impede my right to this by bocking voter ID and insuring illegals can cast votes. It dont matter which party is doing it ...its illegal. DAAS
Just One Vote June 15, 2012 at 02:59 PM
@FTP, there ya go trot forward "fact" from anything you read without even knowing the author, although typical from you FTP this is so out there it is funny. This author actually believes in "gaydar"; I mean come on. The author's qulifications to write such articles? "massage therapist, interfaith minister, belly dance teacher, aspiring web designer and ESL teacher. Part of the year Stephanie lives in Tulum, Mexico where she writes books, tends to her tropical garden, plays with her 8 cats, and teaches and writes. Stephanie is available to lead workshops and trainings." http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/05/17/study-gaydar-may-actually-exist-aided-by-facial-cues/ http://www.yogapostureadjustments.com/about.html Please try to bring credibility to your argument.
ForThePeople June 15, 2012 at 03:13 PM
http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/01/04/0956797611421206.abstract She is a reporter reporting on somebody else's study, which I provided. I don't really care if you disagree with scientific discussions. I'm disappointed that you don't know how to click a link and access a study. I'm guessing you won't be able to read it either. But oh well, since you requested it.
JIM June 15, 2012 at 05:00 PM
for the sheeple, there you go again pushing your junk science. Have you ever noticed that you never see these ''scientific studies'' done that bash progressives ? Do you know why ? Well ,Its because conservative scientists are getting grants and are busy doing research to try to cure Aids and cancer and other diseases that inflict mankind ,while the progressive scientists are getting grant money and doing junk science research to prove conservatives are racists and have low IQs and hate gays ..... .... you really need to grow up kid .
JIM June 15, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Attention NH voters who support Voter ID Beginning on June 20, Grassfire officials will undertake their most challenging petition delivery in their 10 year history when we move to deliver tens of thousands of petitions calling for stricter voter ID laws to every state governor in the United States. it is imperative that grassroots Americans living in New Hampshire make a powerful statement to the governor -- one that cannot be ignored. However before our deliveries are slated to begin, we are still off our goal for New Hampshire, and are turning to NH voters for help. this important petition calling for lawmakers to protect the integrity of our election process, we're asking you to help us reach, rally and mobilize grassroots voters living in New Hampshire. Forward this message to your friends and family members today -- urging them to follow your lead in demanding more stringent Voter ID laws. http://www.grassrootsaction.com/r.asp?U=102159&CID=230&RID=35304222
Jan Schmidt June 15, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Jim - did you ever hear of fake IDs?
Jan Schmidt June 15, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Explain to me why you aren't demanding every citizen receive voter ID before instituting strict ID laws... Come on Jim... explain why.
Just One Vote June 15, 2012 at 07:04 PM
@Jan the same reason the Dems aren't demanding we secure the boarder before granting amnesty to criminals. The hypocrisy of your argument in comical. But to entertain you, how about this go get one now, you have got plenty of time before the elections. Every law abiding citizen has access to government photo ID right now, you need ID to register in the first place, so why the problem coughing it up when it comes time to vote? (Makes it tough for dead people to vote? tougher for people to vote twice?) I just like every other legal citizen has a right to a vote and have that vote counted, the prospect that someone can easily dilute my right to vote by gaming the system is absolutely unacceptable. It is offensive that you or any other wayward soul would look to mitigate a legitimate vote by even allowing the prospect of an illegitimate vote to enter into the system. No Jan why don't you tell me why NH is one of only 19 out of 50 sates that has zero voter identification law? That is a minority among states and according to polling a majority of NH citizens want some sort of identification to vote. If Lynch vetoes this it is a shameful day of partisan politics; shameful indeed.
Super Fun Size June 15, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Wouldn't these alleged illegal votes just cancel each other out?
Just One Vote June 15, 2012 at 07:15 PM
@JIM, signed; and since it did not require ID I signed for Jan Schmidt too. :)
JIM June 15, 2012 at 07:47 PM
you know Jan we need an ID to do most every thing today, go to register your dog you need an ID, your argument is absurd, its just another far left squawking point lets see, we got the war on women the war on blacks war on Latinos war on gays war on the poor war on the rich war on the middle class war on illegals ....and NOW ........ DRUM ROLL TATATATATATAATTAT THE WAR ON DISENFRANCHISED VOTERS !!!!!!!!! you people are whacked
ForThePeople June 15, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Conservatives who don't like science? Wow there's a shocker. Listen up Jim. The world has continually rejected willful ignorance. There will always be people like you dragging everyone else down with them, but there will also be people like me trying to move the world forward. You can't keep the world flat forever.
Jan Schmidt June 15, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Seriously Jim... when every citizen has proof, asking for it at the polls is a good thing. I agree with the ID - but not until EVERYONE has it. So... why don't you stand up for those who don't have an ID?
JIM June 15, 2012 at 11:16 PM
yes Jan I have heard of fake IDs , in fact every democrat I know has one ...or two
JIM June 15, 2012 at 11:44 PM
for the sheeple, are you stupid or just off your meds ? where in my reply did I state I didn't like or believe in science ..nowhere. What I said was you continually push junk science, you know ,crap that's made up by nitwits like yourself. So you listen up son , you couldn't move yourself forward, never mind the world ,now go back to reading the national enquirer and leave this discussion to the adults
Super Fun Size June 16, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Poor Jim... So overwhelmed with reality. I can see why you hide your identity, suffering from such limited capacity.
Super Fun Size June 16, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Why are you so afraid to share your identity Jim? Is it because of all the stupid things you say?
ForThePeople June 16, 2012 at 02:25 AM
You can't pick and choose everything that you do like as science and everything that you don't as junk. Science isn't so fickle as to be subject to your whim. And the science here appears to be validated on patch. :-)
JIM June 16, 2012 at 10:19 AM
Jan, the nanny state mentality has to stop somewhere , left to the democrats we would never have to be responsible for ourselves,I mean come on, do you think I want to see legal voters turned away at the polls, no, I dont. But if a law is passed and people have 5-6 months to make sure they have an ID to vote,come election day, whose fault is it if they haven't made an effort to procure one ? Is it my fault because I was in favor of voter ID ,NO ,its their fault for not being responsible enough to get one. We will all have to make sure those we know in our circle of family and friends know about the new law and possibly even help them in obtaining an ID by giving them rides or what ever to get an ID. but I cant be responsible for the entire state, if a person doesn't have a drivers licence and needs to find a ride to the polls to vote, if they can ask for a ride to the polls they can ask for a ride to get an ID. Plain and simple it comes down to personal responsibility.
JIM June 16, 2012 at 10:58 AM
for the sheeple junk science is junk science no matter how you spin it , in the last ''scientific research'' you posted it noted right in the article not to take their finding seriously and in this article it said the same thing , that there are so many variables that the finding are not conclusive, so dont push you BS research on me or the others. Its tabloid reading nothing more, made to make inferior people like yourself feel better knowing that somewhere in this big wide world there is someone just a little dumber than yourself.
Jan Schmidt June 16, 2012 at 11:58 AM
No, providing Voter ID before being required to show it is hardly wrong, it just doesn't fit the "deny the outliers" we're seeing from the new-Republican leaders. If you're honest about the need for ID, then it must be provided at no cost to meet the right we are granted to vote in the 14 Amendment. Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Atlant June 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Strangely enough, the one case of voter fraud that has made the local news in the past few months was the case of O'Brien's son (who is a Republican). As you'll recall, O'Brien's son was registered to vote in one state while running as a candidate in another. I guess that's how Republicans can be so sure there's voter fraud going on: it's happening in the Speaker's *OWN* house!
T Rex June 16, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Do what the people want. Lynch don't veto. If vetoed a good reason not to vote for a democrat Governor this November. 73% Think Photo ID Requirement Before Voting Does Not Discriminate http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/april_2012/73_think_photo_id_requirement_before_voting_does_not_discriminate Latest Rasmussen poll bad news for Democrats http://digitaljournal.com/article/323157 Democrats and Republicans Support a Voter ID-Check Law http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/peter-roff/2011/06/10/poll-democrats-and-republicans-support-a-voter-id-check-law
JIM June 16, 2012 at 01:41 PM
mike you dont strike me as being all that bright yourself with statements like ''wont each illegal vote from each party cancel the other out so the problem takes care of itself ''
News Flash June 16, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Obama Stops Deportations of Illegals. He and the democrats have just sold out the American People.
ForThePeople June 16, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Actually, he put in a stopgap measure to protect children who were brought here. For example, if you're a Mexican child who was brought here, and you "study in our schools, play in our neighborhoods, befriend our kids, pledge allegiance to our flag (quote from Obama)", and possibly serve in our military… you can stay. It's not right that people can die for our country but not be allowed to live here. It's not right that grown immigrant children have to live in fear and poverty because they're worried someone might tell on them. They live American, and I'm more than happy they will be allowed to stay. It's about doing the right thing. And don't feel bad. I'm not getting my way, either. Personally, I would love to deport all the conservative bigots to Iran, where they can be shown the same treatment by mullahs that they show to the American people.
JIM June 16, 2012 at 05:39 PM
obama is flailing like a fish out of water, this amnesty deal has been turned down by the majority of American voters time and time again. obama sees his numbers slipping in the polls and any chance of a second term to finish destroying our economy goes with them, so he will do what ever it takes ,the gay marriage sham was to get the gay vote and the amnesty sham is to get the legal and illegal Latino vote ,its all about getting reelected nothing more ,the only job obama is worried about is his , if you think this is BS ,your clearly not thinking........ the fraud obama is toast in Nov
JIM June 18, 2012 at 12:26 PM
for the sheeple you can spin it any way you want but it comes down to the dictator obam selling out the American unemployed or employed workers for votes. This amnesty has been REJECTED by the American voter every time its brought up butt king obama makes the laws now ,the serfs and congress have no say in the matter anymore
JIM June 18, 2012 at 12:31 PM
for the sheeple ,there is no need to deport all the conservatives, there's a lot less of you communists why dont you all just move to Russia or Cuba ? problem solved !!! and please take comrade lil joe and dave with you


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