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New Hampshire

November 5, 2012

Voter ID Law could mean long lines

State's new law may cause confusion, delays at polls


Merrill and volunteer Anthony Foppiano stretched a long pink and black banner across a doorway that read: “Have your photo ID ready!”

Clerks also were busy dealing with last-minute absentee ballots. The deadline to submit them was 5 p.m. yesterday.

Pelletier said she handled 10 requests yesterday morning alone, rejecting two from people who weren’t familiar with the law. One request was from someone who wanted to pick up a ballot for an out-of-state voter, which is not allowed.

Londonderry assistant clerk Melanie Cavendon said the town clerk’s office was swamped with absentee ballot requests yesterday.

“We’ve had many, many people in line all day,” she said.

Londonderry Town Clerk/Tax Collector Meg Seymour was busy yesterday afternoon counting some of the approximately 1,100 absentee ballots the town has received.

It’s dealing with the flood of absentee ballots that must be check and verified that has some town clerks worried.

McCullough was concerned about dealing with all the absentee ballots returned to Newton Town Hall.

She had received 179 as of yesterday afternoon, and the deadline for filing them was about three hours away.

“That’s double,” she said.

Voting requirements

Acceptable forms of ID include driver’s licenses, non-driver photo ID cards, state voter ID cards, passports and valid student identification. People who file a “challenged voter affidavit” will receive a confirmation request within 60 days from the Secretary of State’s Office. Voters are given 90 days to return the confirmation request before they are contacted by the Attorney General’s Office.

Anyone who has questions or complaints about voting today is encouraged to contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Attorney General’s Office between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.

The attorney general’s number is 866-868-3703. The U.S. attorney’s number is 715-6355.

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