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NH Gov. Lynch Vetoes Republican-Sponsored Voter Bill

Thursday, 21 Jun 2012 12:16 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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New Hampshire Democratic Gov. John Lynch has vetoed a bill that would change the state’s voter registration process and is expected to veto another measure requiring voter photo dentification, two pieces of legislation championed by Republicans.

According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, the voter registration bill Lynch vetoed Wednesday would have modified voting location forms to link them to motor vehicle records.

“Our election laws already establish that voters must be domiciled in New Hampshire in order to vote in this state, and that all New Hampshire residents must comply with motor vehicle registration and licensing requirements. This bill is unnecessary,” Lynch wrote in his veto message.

Republican state House Speaker William O’Brien expressed disappointment.

“No explanation beyond a desire for non-New Hampshire voters to participate in New Hampshire elections can adequately explain why the governor chose to veto this reasonable bill that merely makes clear that in order to vote in New Hampshire, one must be a resident of New Hampshire,” O’Brien said

Lynch also oposes the the voter ID bill, the Union Leader reported, because he believes it may violate a person’s constitutional right to vote and would lead to long lines at the polls.

The governor vetoed a photo ID bill last year, after town clerks complained the bill wouldn’t work.

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