New Hampshire Governor Lynch vetoes ID bill

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June 29, 2011

New Hampshire

CONCORD, New Hampshire: On Monday, June 27, Governor John Lynch vetoed a proposed bill which would have required voters to show some form of government I.D. when going to vote. The reasoning the governor gave for vetoing the bill was that if enacted it would create the risk that some residents would be denied their right to vote. Arguments in favor of the I.D. bill stated that showing I.D. would reduce voter fraud and many things residents do, such as enter a government building or even fly on a plane, require a government I.D. to be shown to verify identity. Opponents to the bill countered that New Hampshire boasts one of the highest voter turnouts in the country and voter fraud is not a problem as other laws are in place to ensure residents are who they say they are. A similar bill was vetoed in 2006, it was sustained but failed to get support in the Senate. A vote to override this veto is expected sometime in the fall.[1]

Other states also have brought up the issue of voter I.D.; in Missouri, an Amendment has been placed on the November 2012 ballot which would require a government issued I.D. to be shown when casting a ballot in an election in the state. Alabama also has a similar amendment on their November 2012 ballot. For the 2011 ballot, Mississippi also has a proposed amendment to require identification.

Legislation is currently pending in the Ohio Senate to approve a bill that would also require voter I.D. at the polls. Pennsylvania and North Carolina also have pending legislation concerning voter I.D. bills. The Pennsylvania House passed the bill but it is still pending in the Senate. In North Carolina, Governor Beverly Perdue vetoed their I.D. bill and further action is also pending. It was also noted that the issue of having to show I.D. could be a factor in the 2012 Presidential race, hindering or helping more people to vote.[2]

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