LACONIA — City Clerk Mary Reynolds yesterday reminded voters intending to cast ballots in next Tuesday's municipal election that if they arrive at the polls without valid photographic identification, in order to vote they must agree to be photographed by election officials.
Reynolds explained that voters without photographic identification may cast a ballot by completing a "challenged voter affidavit", or statement affirming they are who they who they claim to be. In addition, they must be photographed. The photograph will be attached to the affidavit, which will be retained with the voting materials from the election and made available to New Hampshire Secretary of State for follow up. Each person who completes a challenged voter affidavit will be required to confirm they voted in the election within 90 days of receiving a notice from the Secretary of States or an investigation will be conducted by the New Hampshire Department of Justice.
Voters objecting to being photographed because of their religious beliefs may attach an affidavit of religious exemption to their challenged voter affidavit.
The valid forms of photographic identification are a driver's license issued by any state; an identification card issued by the division of motor vehicles or other agency of any state; a United States armed services identification card; and a valid student identification card.
If you have any questions about the new voter identification law or about casting your vote in the city please contact the City Clerk at 527-1265.
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