Officials in New Hampshire are preparing for the early November presidential election by ensuring all goes smoothly with the new voter ID law, according to a published report.
People who are eligible to cast ballots and whose names are on a checklist of voters but do not have the appropriate form of identification now are able to pick up a voucher that enables them to acquire a complimentary voter ID card at the office of their city or town clerk, The New Hampshire Union Leader reports.
With Election Day being four weeks from today, the voucher can be swapped for a special voter identification card at motor vehicle offices in the state.
"This is an opportunity for those voters whose names appear on the checklist but do not otherwise have an acceptable form of photo ID to be able to obtain one at no charge from the state of New Hampshire," deputy attorney general David Scanlan said while announcing the voucher program, according to the publication.
Earlier this year the New Hampshire Legislature passed new election law changes that require use of the vouchers.
Following a visit to the motor vehicles office, the voucher is swapped for a temporary identification card. Sometime within the next 14 days the actual photo card will arrive, which underscores the importance of acting quickly in order to enable voting on November 6.
There is a difference between non-driver's license photo identification cards and the voter ID cards; their appearance and purposes are different.
"The intent is that this card be used only for voting purposes," the deputy attorney general said.
The Associated Press reports New Hampshire accepts driver's licenses; a non-driver photo identification card issued by the state; a valid photo identification distributed by the federal, state, county and municipal governments; and a photo identification card termed valid by election officials.