House Speaker William O’Brien, R-Mont Vernon, has yet to decide when the House of Representatives will take up the right-to-work veto of Gov. John Lynch. That’s looking more and more like it will happen later this fall, if not just before the 2012 session begins in January.
But O’Brien does want one veto override to come up much quicker than that: Lynch’s bid to strike down legislation requiring voters to show an ID at the polls. Senate President Peter Bragdon accommodated that Friday, setting Sept. 7 as the date the Senate will take up six vetoes, including the voter ID bill.
O’Brien told reporters this issue must be resolved as soon as possible. If, as expected, the Republican-led Legislature overrides Lynch’s veto, O’Brien said local election officials need time to train so that the ID process doesn’t slow lines at the polling places.
It’s important to stress the new mandate, if it comes to pass, would begin in the November 2012 general election. The first-in-the-nation presidential and state primaries next year would operate under existing laws. “We will have three elections before it goes live,’’ O’Brien said.