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Voter ID law applies to town meeting, too

As New Hampshire prepares for its second election under voter ID laws, 355 people who voted in the November presidential election have proved unreachable, and about 1,500 more have not yet returned a postcard confirming their identity.

Today is voting day for towns and school districts across the state.

The voter ID law that took effect in November is still the law of the land.

Registered voters must show a photo ID or fill out an affidavit attesting to their identity before they can get a ballot.

Photo IDs will not be required to vote during traditional town or school district meetings, when most issues are decided by a show of hands. Even if a ballot vote is required on an item during a traditional annual meeting, that will not trigger the voter ID requirements, and no ID will be needed.

November was the first test of the voter ID law.

The state sent 5,650 postcards to addresses listed on affidavits by voters who didn’t show a photo ID. They are supposed to be returned by April 7, which is 90 days after they were mailed.

The state attorney general’s office will “follow up” on those postcards which are not returned, said David Scanlan, assistant New Hampshire secretary of state, who oversees state election laws.

There is no penalty for not responding, Scanlan said.

Scanlan said 355 of the postcards, about 6.3 percent, came back as undeliverable as addressed.

An additional 3,784 postcards have been signed and returned, confirming the voter’s identity, he said.

That leaves 1,511 postcards sent to legitimate addresses which have not been returned, about 26 percent of the total.

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