CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) offered the following statements on the passage of Senate Bill 289, which requires photo identification to vote in New Hampshire. This legislation requires that a voter presents one of four types of photo identification when they vote, and if they are unable, to sign a voter affidavit and have their photo taken. SB 289 passed 226 to 115.
House Speaker William O’Brien
“We must ensure that our elections are as pure as possible, and free of corruption. For years, clean election advocates have been warning the Attorney General and the Legislature about both the opportunity for fraud and evidence of electoral fraud. We saw evidence of this problem firsthand in the New Hampshire primary this year. This bill will finally address the immediate need for protecting the integrity of the ballot box and the principle of ‘one man, one vote.’”
House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt
“Republicans have been working hard over the two year session to pass a voter ID bill to improve New Hampshire’s lax voter registration and balloting laws. This is a good bill that will ensure clean elections. These actions will help improve the validity and equality of our election system while we join the 30 other states who have voter ID laws.”