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New Hampshire

March 22, 2013

Voter ID law survives repeal attempt

CONCORD (AP) — The New Hampshire House has rejected a proposal repealing the state’s voter ID law.

The House voted largely on party lines yesterday to pass a bill that still requires voters to show photo ID before obtaining a ballot, but allows the wide range of IDs — including student IDs — that were allowed during the 2012 election.

The bill prevents the next phase of current law from taking effect. That provision would have required election officials to photograph voters without identification and restrict acceptable identification to driver’s licenses, state-issued identification cards, passports or military IDs.

The bill allows people without identification to vote if they sign an affidavit. At issue were the cost of verifying the identity of those who sign affidavits and whether the changes frustrate the law’s intent.

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