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To Vote in New Hampshire’s Primary, You’ll Need an ID

To Vote in New Hampshire’s Primary, You’ll Need an ID

Cracking down on voter fraud

For the first time ever, primary voters will be required to furnish identification before voting in New Hampshire’s primary elections February 9.

First implemented in New Hampshire’s 2012 general election cycle, the goal is to crack down on voter fraud.

Citing multiple instances of actual voter fraud, New Hampshire authorities defend the new laws. They also claim not one person has been prohibited from voting since the new regulations took effect in 2012.

Voters who arrive at the polls without requisite ID can still vote. But first they’ll be required to sign an affidavit attesting to their identity, and a poll worker will snap a photo.

Fox News reports:

“I think there are definitely going to be lines, with any indication of our absentee balloting already — it’s huge,” said Kerri Parker, the town clerk of Meredith, N.H., and president of the New Hampshire Town and City Clerks Association.

“People are concerned, they want to get out, they want their voice to be heard, which is great,” she said, but cautioned that “the only thing they need to remember is to bring their ID’s to the polls. … We have to see your ID because of voter fraud.”

Tens of thousands of new voters are expected to flood the polls, and they will need to show up with a valid photo ID, which can include a driver’s license, passport, military ID, and even some student ID’s from colleges and schools approved by the state.

The requirement was first implemented in the 2012 general election, and even though officials say there have been few cases of voter fraud, illegal voting has occurred.

Lorin Schneider, Jr., who lives in Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to wrongful voting charges for illegally voting in New Hampshire three times. He cast his ballots in the 2008 presidential election and again in both the presidential primary and general election in 2012. He was fined roughly $7,000, given a suspended prison term and lost his right to vote in the state.

This month, Manchester resident Derek Castonguay also pleaded guilty to voter fraud after prosecutors say he voted illegally and tried to vote twice during the mid-term election in 2014. He also was given a suspended jail term and fined $1,000.

The controversial issue of voter fraud also has been injected into the 2016 presidential race.

“Voter fraud, look. You have to have real security with the voting system. This voting system is out of control,” Donald Trump charged during an appearance on Jan. 5 in Claremont, N.H. “You have people, in my opinion, that are voting many, many times. They don’t want security, they don’t want cards.”

“I don’t have any reason to believe there is rampant voter fraud,” countered New Hampshire’s long-serving Secretary of State Bill Gardner, who is overseeing the use of voter ID. While he says it “has worked very well,” he also acknowledges there have been some instances of voter fraud in his state.

“It happens. We know that it happens, because we have the records that it happened. But that was all part of how people tried to come together to come up with a process that protects it as much as we can … you’re never going to eliminate attempts to abuse the process,” he said.

In January of 2012, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas released a video showing how easy it would be to collect a ballot in the name of a deceased person still on the voter rolls:

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Just common sense.

How long before the democrats’ howls bring the feds running?

Mitigating the risk of disenfranchising We the People. How novel.

What’s next? They’ll discover a scientifically valid characterization of human life and the “secure the Blessings of Liberty to .. our Posterity” clause of The Constitution after The Supreme Court “surreptitiously”, selectively excised the second party from the social contract based on a sincerely held faith pulled from the dark fringes of a penumbra?

JimMtnViewCaUSA | January 27, 2016 at 4:28 pm

But…but…all the Dem trolls agree there is no fraud, ever!

Hillary just lost the New Hampshire Primary. No dead people will be able to vote this time around.

    rabidfox in reply to Stan25. | January 27, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    I think you underestimate the creativity of the Dems when it comes to voter fraud. NH Dems will just import some Chicago players to get tips.

The biggest fraud occurs in heavily Democratic, heavily minority districts. The precinct bosses know who votes and doesn’t – and who votes in the morning or not at all. They then run in shills to vote for the no-shows, and the poll-watchers are in on the scam or oblivious to it. Whenever you see extraordinarily high turnout in Democratic strongholds, it’s as likely due to fraud as anything else.

    NC Mountain Girl in reply to Estragon. | January 27, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    I’ve worked elections in two notorious strongholds of electoral hanky panky. In each I’ve seen more strong arm tactics than ghost voting.

    The pressure is intense, complete will be implicit threats about the loss of government services/payments. The machines also hand out “walking around” money to local ministers and community leaders as a form of bounty to get bodies to the polls. Add in that in areas under the thumb of a political machine people simply do not believe their ballots are secret.

That’s the way it should be.

Leftists just don’t see a problem with voter fraud. They know it’s not likely their vote is being cancelled out by an illegal vote.

Racists! Where is the outrage and denouncements? If Texas or Georgia did this it would be the talk of the msm for a month. Loretta Lynch(mob) would launch an investigation into the evil reason behind this program

Ironically, Mexico has had a national voter photo ID for over 20 years. Adoption of the card has been so successful it’s now become the defacto ID for the vast majority of adults for all secure transactions, e.g. banking, retail, government, etc.:

And a new vendor will supply replacement cards (currently renewed every 10 years) with even higher security features:

Just think, someday the U.S. may aspire to take verifying the identities of its citizens as seriously as Mexico….

Henry Hawkins | January 27, 2016 at 8:13 pm

There is currently at least one lawsuit in NC against our new voter ID law.

    We’ve had Voter ID here in Hoosierville since 2006. Upheld by the Supreme Court in 2008 in a 6-3 ruling.

    I don’t understand why other states don’t just copy the law that has already passed muster.

    Of course, Democrats are still claiming that it is suppressing turnout when they lose, but had no problem with it when Obama carried IN in ’08

You can thank James O’Keefe for humiliating the state on this issue for the impetus to pass these new laws.