Voter ID: It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

There are a couple of interesting news items today regarding the state’s new voter ID law.

Gary Rayno reminds us that before the law takes effect, it must be approved by the U.S. Department of Justice for compliance under the Voting Rights Act. (The background on how New Hampshire came to be the only Northern state required to obtain Justice Department “pre-clearance” for election law changes is, in itself, an interesting story.)

Rayno writes that it is unlikely the Justice Department will grant unqualified approval.    

Nobody believes the DOJ will simply approve the new law. The department has already found several state photo identification laws in violation of the Voting Rights Act.

It has blocked similar laws in Texas and South Carolina. South Carolina is suing over the ruling. [added link]

And Marc Fortier reports that James O’Keefe could be back in the state this week. On Saturday, O’Keefe is scheduled to address the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers in Hillsborough.

O’Keefe, you may remember, ducked out of his last New Hampshire engagement to avoid being served a grand jury subpoena. The convicted filmaker is under investigation by the Attorney General’s office over his attempt to show “Dead People Vote in New Hampshire” but which, as Media Matters notes, “largely shows the logical incoherence of the right wing’s voter fraud paranoia.”

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  • MartyInNashua

    Using the same procedure we used for redistricting, namely, assume it until proven otherwise.

    I would think it would be a good idea to check on this as the State Rep candidates canvass their districts, to ensure that all of our supporters will have the ID they would need to vote in the the event all or part of it is upheld.

    Would leadership care to comment?

    (Running from Nashua Ward 9, myself)

  • cyndychase

    Hmmmm, very interesting.  Thanks for the update.

  • calvin

    It will be extremely important for candidates to find out if the people they are talking to have photo id. Candidates should be gathering information so campaigns and voting rights groups will know who needs help.

    The Department of Justice will have to clear the law but it’s really best to plan as though the law will go into effect.

    As far as O’Keefe goes, it’s not necessary to cast a ballot to commit fraud. Deliberately misleading and lying to election officials is fraud under federal and state laws.

    If the Republicans really cared about fraud, they would be calling for O’Keefe’s arrest.  

  • calvin

    It will be extremely important for candidates to find out if the people they are talking to have photo id. Candidates should be gathering information so campaigns and voting rights groups will know who needs help.

    The Department of Justice will have to clear the law but it’s really best to plan as though the law will go into effect.

    As far as O’Keefe goes, it’s not necessary to cast a ballot to commit fraud. Deliberately misleading and lying to election officials is fraud under federal and state laws.

    If the Republicans really cared about fraud, they would be calling for O’Keefe’s arrest.  

    • mevansnh

      driver’s license or a passport what other type of photo ID is acceptable?

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