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Judge to decide students' challenge to Voter ID law in New Hampshire

by Admin 14. September 2012 10:51

A superior court judge in New Hampshire is now deciding on two students' petitions to block some parts of the state's amended law for voter registration, according to a published report.

Filed by the New Hampshire chapter of the League of Women voters, the lawsuit advocates for two University of New Hampshire students, Foster's Daily Democrat reports. Keene State College and Southern New Hampshire University students also are named in the suit, with which the American Civil Liberties Union is offering assistance.

The basis of the lawsuit is eligible out-of-state voters may be discouraged from casting ballots in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Legislature, which was controlled by the Republican Party, passed the law in 2012 and it requires voters have approved photo identification paperwork.

"We believe the law is a deliberate attempt to keep college students who have a constitutional right to vote while they attend school in New Hampshire from exercising that right in the fall elections," election law specialist Joan Flood Ashwell with the League of Women Voters said in a prepared statement.

The petition is asking the court to either prevent the law's enforcement or to rule voters who intend to leave New Hampshire are not mandated to register their cars in the state.

Executive director Claire Ebel of the Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire said the challenge stems from the belief that it violates the federal and state constitution's equal protection clauses.

"Every out-of-state student who attends school in New Hampshire has the constitutional right to register and to vote in New Hampshire," Ebel told the news source. "This law treats students differently, based solely on their decision to register and vote in New Hampshire."

Seacoast Online reports there was some confusion this past Tuesday when some potential voters did not show identification cards during an information session in preparation for Election Day in November.

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