NH House to vote on requiring photo ID to vote

May 2, 2011

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CONCORD, N.H.—The House is voting this week on whether to require people to produce government-issued photo identification to vote in New Hampshire.

A majority of the House Election Law Committee is recommending requiring voters without proper photo identification to cast a provisional ballot. The voters would have three days to produce a valid photo ID. The bill calls for the state to issue the voters a photo ID card for free.

Supporters argue requiring the ID will prevent fraud. Opponents argue it infringes on individual voting rights.

The bill passed the Senate with slightly different requirements. The Senate version would allow election officials to take a person's picture and keep it on file. The Senate's version also recognizes photo IDs issued by licensed schools and some businesses and institutions.