A controversial new law that will require voters to show identification drew mixed reactions at the polls Tuesday, causing outbursts of aggravation from some voters and frustration from poll workers who took the brunt of the complaints. The law, which requires registered voters to show an approved form of identification to receive a ballot, appeared to be at the forefront of voting-related issues reported at the polls. It will officially go into effect in November, when voters without an accepted ID will be required to fill out a challenged voter affidavit, which asks the voter to affirm his or her identity under penalty of law before voting. Voters who did not produce an ID Tuesday, a day poll workers used as an opportunity to prepare residents for the new requirement, were handed an information card explaining the new law and what will be required in the Nov. 6 election.
Though turnout was low, those who cast ballots had plenty to say about the new law. Chris Brown of Portsmouth said he considered the new law mean-spirited, saying it’s meant to exclude and not include. “It’s a law in search of a problem,” he said. “I think it’s part of a larger Republican initiative to limit constituencies that are not favorable to them.” Neil Savage of Exeter said, while he personally had no problems with the law, it is a “sideways attempt to get people who are older who don’t have ID to not vote. “It is making it difficult and is totally unnecessary,” he said.