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January 6, 2013

ID verification notices going out to NH voters

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“It could be a decent compromise between those who think photo ID is an intrusion and those who want to verify who’s voting,” she said.

That is the approach favored last year by the state Senate, which remains controlled by Republicans.

Weber said she hopes her bill also will be a conversation starter about other changes that may be necessary. The new requirements didn’t cause as much delay or trouble at the polls as she expected, she said, but it still remains to be seen how much work and expense is involved in investigating anyone who doesn’t return the verification postcards.

In addition to the voter identification law, Democrats also plan to try to repeal changes to the state’s voter registration forms, even though the most controversial section of the form was put on hold after a court challenge by out-of-state college students, who traditionally have been allowed to vote in the state without holding legal residency.

Had it taken effect, new voters would have been required to sign a statement saying they declare New Hampshire their home and are subject to laws that apply to all residents, including laws requiring drivers to register cars and get a New Hampshire driver’s license. The statement wouldn’t specifically require students to be residents but would have made them subject to hundreds of laws involving residency.

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