Friday December 7, 2012

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The New Hampshire Secretary of State’s Office is hoping to get notices out early next month to voters who did not show a photo ID on Election Day.

Those voters had filled out affidavits attesting to their identities. They will be receiving a postage-paid postcard to respond with their confirmation.

Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan is hoping to get the verification notices out for the first week of January. Voters will have 90 days to respond. If they don’t, they could be investigated. The law requires the attorney general’s office to determine whether fraudulent voting occurred.

Scanlan said the office is still awaiting information from cities, including Manchester and Nashua that had heavy turnout and same-day voter registration.

Scanlan said out of the more than 700,000 New Hampshire voters who cast votes last month, only about 7,000 voters signed affidavits.

Under the new law, registered voters were asked to show photo identification before obtaining a ballot.

Acceptable identification included driver’s licenses from any state, non-driver photo ID cards, voter ID cards issued by the state, passports, valid student IDs or other photo IDs deemed legitimate by election officials. Certain election officials also could verify a voter’s identity without an ID card.

In addition to the voter identification law, the Legislature also changed the state’s voter registration forms this year. But a controversial section of the form was put on hold after a court challenge by out-of-state college students, who traditionally have been allowed to vote in the state without holding legal residency.

Had it taken effect, new voters would have been required to sign a statement saying they declare New Hampshire their home and are subject to laws that apply to all residents, including laws requiring drivers to register cars and get a New Hampshire driver’s license. The statement wouldn’t specifically require students to be residents but would have made them subject to hundreds of laws involving residency.

The matter is pending before the state Supreme Court.