New Hampshire voters would be required to show photo identification at the polls starting next year under a compromise bill approved by the House and Senate. The bill approved Wednesday essentially calls for starting with what the Senate had proposed, followed by the House.
That means a wide range of identification would be acceptable this fall — including student IDs — but in later elections, only driver’s licenses, state-issued non-driver’s identification cards, passports or military IDs would be allowed. Those who don’t have photo identification would sign an affidavit and be photographed by an election official. Supporters say the requirements would minimize the potential for fraud. A spokesman for Gov. John Lynch says he has concerns about the bill and will review it with the Secretary of State.