On Wednesday, the Republican-controlled Senate and House of New Hampshire overrode Democratic Gov. John Lynch’s veto of Senate Bill 289, which requires photo identification to be presented when voting. The override required a two-thirds majority in each chamber. It cleared the Senate by a margin of 18-5 and the House by 231-112.
Lynch had previously expressed concerns that voter ID laws would limit the constitutional right of citizens to vote. In a press release, he stated that “SB 289 would put into place a photo identification system that is far more restrictive than necessary.”
Republicans disagreed with Lynch: “Today, our citizens have to show an ID to get on a plane, on a bus, to pick up a package and to enter a federal building,” House Majority Leader Pete Silver stated. ”It certainly is not a major imposition to ask for a driver’s license or other ID in order to protect the integrity of voting.”