The NH Senate voted to restrict the number of allowable ID in HB 595 (Voter ID). The Senate also made some amendments to the bill forcing a ‘committee of conference’ with the NH House.
They want to force polling places to take a picture of you with a digital camera if you do not have an ID. These cameras and training will cost the state nearly $11 million of dollars. The Senate is cutting $20 million from Health and Human Services yet they want to spent $11 million dollars to buy cameras for every polling place in New Hampshire? What are their priorities if helping the low-income families looses to digital cameras to solve a Voter fraud problem that does not exist.
We need the Senate to come to their senses and compromise with the House to pass HB595 as it was introduced.
My good friend Jess has started a petition online to encourage all of these Senators to change their minds and compromise with the House on HB595.
The petition reads:
By Jessica Clark
I am writing today to ask you to go to a committee of conference and support HB 595 as introduced.
Making it harder to vote by restricting the number of IDs that were acceptable just one year ago isn’t fair and doesn’t make any sense. I ask you to restore all of the IDs that were acceptable in 2012 to get a ballot.
I also don’t want a mugshot of me or my neighbors if I only have one of the very few IDs that are acceptable. It will only cause long lines and cost us millions of dollars.
You are fighting for an unnecessary law that will cost New Hampshire $11 million in the short term, while at the same time you are drastically cutting essential health services for the elderly and disabled. You have misplaced priorities. You should be working to help Granite Staters instead of attacking voting rights in our state. The right to vote is important – no one should take away my right to vote.