EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 5, 2012

Voter ID is in effect in N.H.


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Voter ID is in effect and New Hampshire voters will be asked for photo identification at the polls tomorrow.

The list of acceptable photo IDs includes a driver’s license from any state, a passport, military ID, a valid student ID, even facial recognition by a town clerk, moderator or supervisor of the checklist.

However, that doesn’t mean a voter who shows up without one will be denied the right to cast a ballot.

Anyone who doesn’t have a valid photo ID and isn’t recognized by a poll worker, must fill out a “challenged voter affidavit” before they get a ballot.

Within 60 days after the election, the Secretary of State’s Office will mail confirmation requests to voters who filed a challenged voter affidavit. The voter then has 90 days to confirm they voted.

Anyone who doesn’t return the mailings should expect to hear from the Attorney General’s Office, which will be charged with following up to determine whether there was any voter fraud involved.

The Secretary of State’s Office trained more than 1,000 municipal workers in the new law, but there seem to be lots of questions from voters and poll workers.

When a New Hampshire newspaper ran a story last week that said the law would not be in effect tomorrow, state town clerks erupted.

”I am urging all of you to contact your local papers ASAP to inform them that the Voter ID law IS in effect for next Tuesday’s Election Day,” a town clerk wrote in an email to every clerk in the state.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the N.H. Attorney General’s Office will staff phones tomorrow for questions and complaints, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The attorney general’s number is (866)-868-3703; the U.S. Attorney’s number is (603) 715-6355.

Local polling places and times.

ATKINSON: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Atkinson Community Center, 4 Main St.

DANVILLE: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Danville Community Center, 169 Main St.

DERRY: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Districts 1 and 3 vote at Pinkerton Academy gym, District 2, Calvary Bible Church and District 4 at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School.

HAMPSTEAD: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Hampstead Middle School, 28 School St.

KINGSTON: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Swasey Gymnasium, 178 Main St.

LONDONDERRY: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Londonderry High School gym, 295 Mammoth Road.

NEWTON: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Town Hall, 2 Town Hall Road.

PELHAM: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Pelham High School, 85 Marsh Road.

PLAISTOW: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Pollard Elementary School, 120 Main St.

SALEM: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Ingram Senior Center, 1 Sally Sweet Way; Fisk School, 14 Main St., Lancaster School, 14 Millville St., North Salem School, 140 Zion Hill Road.

SANDOWN: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Town Hall, 320 Main St.

WINDHAM: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Windham High School, 64 London Bridge Road.