In September, the state Senate voted to sustain Gov. Lynch’s veto of SB 129, a bill that would have required voters to present photo identification before casting a ballot. Lynch had offered a very simple, very clear explanation for his veto:
“An eligible voter who goes to the polls to vote on Election Day should be able to have his or her vote count on Election Day. SB 129 creates a real risk that New Hampshire voters will be denied their right to vote.”
House Speaker Bill O’Brien dismissed the concerns and vowed to reintroduce the measure next year.
O’Brien said the issue will be back in January, saying, “New Hampshire’s lax voter registration and balloting laws need to be improved.”
What could possibly go wrong?
Just ask Dorothy Cooper, a 96-year-old retired domestic worker from Chattanooga, Tennessee, who has missed voting in only one election in over 70 years. A new state law requires voters to show a photo ID, so Cooper headed to the Driver Service Center to get her free ID.
Cooper slipped a rent receipt, a copy of her lease, her voter registration card and her birth certificate into a Manila envelope. Typewritten on the birth certificate was her maiden name, Dorothy Alexander.
“But I didn’t have my marriage certificate,” Cooper said Tuesday afternoon, and that was the reason the clerk said she was denied a free voter ID at the Cherokee Boulevard Driver Service Center.
We’ve seen this movie before.