Concord, NH – Representative Ross Berry (R-Manchester) released the following statement after the House Election Law committee recommended Ought to Pass with Amendment on SB418:
“The House Election Law Committee’s amendment limits the scope of SB418 to those registering to vote on election day at the polls with no ID. Currently, any person can walk into any polling location in New Hampshire, register to vote while presenting nothing, and be handed a regular ballot that goes in with every other voter’s ballot. It is a system that is wide open for abuse and has been abused many times as we have seen through prosecutions and convictions. Granite Staters overwhelming support showing a photo ID and this common-sense reform provides for easy access to the ballot while ensuring those who are casting a ballot are qualified to vote there.
We also amended the requirement to further protect military voters so that those who are fighting for our freedoms will have their voices heard in the ballot box.”