NH House Leadership Statements on Governor's Veto of Voter ID

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today offered the following statement in response to Governor Lynch’s veto of SB 129, legislation that requires voters to show photo identification to verify their identity to receive a ballot.  If a voter does not have an ID, they will get a ballot and have three days to return to their local clerk with a valid ID.


House Speaker William O’Brien

“Today, our citizens have to show a valid ID to get on a plane, on a bus, to pick up a package and to enter a federal building.  It certainly is not a major imposition to ask for a driver’s license or other ID in order to protect the integrity of voting.  The Supreme Court has consistently held that requiring a photo ID is not a barrier to our constitutional right to vote.  SB 129 goes a step further by making voter IDs available to those who don’t have one, so that no one is denied the chance to have their voice heard.  This is a good bill to ensure clean elections and it’s very disappointing that Governor Lynch has chosen against making sure that our elections are as pure as possible and free of corruption.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

 "It's apparent from his veto that Gov. Lynch places little or no value on the integrity of  New Hampshire elections.  SB 129 is an important common sense reform aimed at protecting our electoral process.  It would ensure that voters are who they say they are,  without disenfranchising anyone.  It is mystifying to me why the governor of New Hampshire, elected to uphold our Constitution,  would oppose legislation that would put an end to allegations of voter fraud that surface after every single election in our state.    It is a sad day for those of us in New Hampshire who believe in the 'one man, one vote' theory.  We will work hard to override this veto on behalf of the voters of this state."