New Hampshire

Do You Need an ID? (Restrictive)

Yes. New Hampshire passed a photo ID law in 2012, but it didn't take effect until 2014. Previously voters didn't have to present any identity documents to vote. Now, voters must present one of seven types of photo ID. Alternately, a moderator or supervisor of the voting checklist can also verify a voter's identity.

Without ID, voters may fill out a "challenged voter affidavit." After the election, a mailing is sent to the voter's address requesting confirmation that he voted in that election. If the voter does not respond within 90 days, the attorney general will conduct an investigation to determine whether fraud occured.

Do You Need an Excuse to Vote Absentee? (Restrictive)

Voters must provide an excuse to mail in an absentee ballot.

What if You Have a Felony Conviction? (Expansive)

Felons are prohibited from voting while in prison.

Can You Vote In Person Before Election Day? (Most restrictive)

No early voting.



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Nearly 17 percent of the U.S. electorate voted by mail in 2012

Voting Early More Often

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Who Loses the Right to Vote

All but two states have laws that keep felons from voting

Voter ID Laws Gain Momentum

But many are also being challenged in court

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