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Catherine Rice gives her identification to Hooksett poll worker Claire Forrest at the primary election at Hooksett's Cawley Middle School during primary voting day, Tuesday, Sept. 11. Voters were asked for ID but not required to show it to vote as part of a “soft launch” of the state's new Voter ID law. (Harry Kozlowski photo)

Smooth sailing for voters at Hooksett polls

HOOKSETT - Voting went smoothly in Hooksett on primary day, with only minor delays as poll workers asked, but did not require, identification from voters. It was the first election under the state's new Voter ID law. The primary was a 'soft launch' of the law, intended to make people aware of the requirement in the upcoming election Nov. 6.

Mike Donnelly, a Hooksett poll volunteer for five years, said there were only minor delays in the morning.

'We had some back up early,' he said.

Things went smoother when another poll worker was stationed at the entrance of Cawley School asking voters to have their identification ready. Poll worker Denise Bouchard greeted voters as they came in during midday and said 100 percent of voters she saw were prepared to show identification.

Poll workers said there was great enthusiasm for the law, with only a tiny handful expressing disagreement.

'Everyone I saw said they were proud and grateful to show their ID' said Donnelly.

Another poll worker, Mary Hathaway, said she heard no complaints.

Poll worker Claire Forrest related the story of one voter who recently moved to New Hampshire expressing shock that the state only just began the requirement.

However, Susan Farrell and her mother, Sarah Farrell, leaving the school after voting, both said they felt the law was not necessary. Both said they did show ID before voting.

Hooksett Town Moderator Don Reilly said 936 people voted by noon, a relatively weak turnout.

Competition was great among Republican candidates, many of whom or their surrogates were stationed along the entrance to the school, making their last-chance pitch. Conversely, outside of the governor's race, many Democrats ran unnopposed. Some races such as for New Hampshire state representative, had no Democratic candidates at all.



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