CONCORD — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder could be the last hurdle between New Hampshire and its new voter ID law.
Granite State lawmakers may have overcome the objection of Gov. John Lynch to the state’s voter ID law, but they still may have to get Holder’s permission. Under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the U.S. Department of Justice must “pre-clear” any changes in election laws affecting 10 New Hampshire communities.
The House and Senate overrode Lynch’s veto to the voter ID law Wednesday, meaning voters must show photo identification at the polls this fall, or sign an affidavit that they are whom they claim to be. New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General Matt Mavrogeorge tells New Hampshire Watchdog that his office has let Washington, D.C., know that the new law is on the books.