Poll Sign: 'Per pending legislation you will be required to produce a photo ID in order to receive a ballot'
Concord, NH - On the same day House Republican Speaker Bill O'Brien was defending SB129, a voter ID bill, in a hearing of the House Finance Committee, a sign demanding voters show photo identification before voting was discouraging voters from entering the polls in a special election. The election is talking place to replace Robert Mead, a Republican State Representative who resigned earlier this year.
Signs posted at the New Boston Elementary School, one of the five polling locations in the district, this morning read, "Per pending legislation you will be required to produce a photo ID in order to receive a ballot." They were removed at the request of the New Hampshire Attorney General, but not before voters on their way into the polls turned saw them and turned around.
"Law abiding New Hampshire citizens were discouraged from voting this morning as a direct result of Speaker's O'Brien terrible piece of legislation, SB129," said Harrell Kirstein, press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "Just moments before O'Brien defended this reckless bill in Concord, voters in his own district were walking away from the polls without having cast a vote."
"This abhorrent attempt by House Republicans to prevent New Hampshire citizens from voting needs stop immediately," continued Kirstein. "Not only is this bill a disgrace for the state that hosts the first presidential primary election every four years, but it is at odds with the core principles of our American Democracy."