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Voter ID law goes smoothly in Bedford

BEDFORD - Election officials in Bedford and Goffstown said a small number of voters completed affidavits with the state in place of showing a photo ID, and reported no problems with the new process.

'We've had no problems at all,' said Bill Brennan, assistant moderator in Bedford. 'The biggest issue is people who left their IDs in their cars or purses.'

Some voters approached the table to ask questions, said Assistant Moderator Eric Bernard, but only about 20 had completed forms by mid-morning.

'No one has complained about it,' Brennan said.

In Goffstown, election volunteer Kerry Steckowych said the process was running smoothly overall, though some complained about it.

'One couple came in, and they had their IDs but they didn't see why they had to have them,' Stekowych said.

Moderator Rod Stark said no problems were reported in Goffstown.  Each town had tables set up before residents lined up to vote in an attempt to keep lines moving in an election that officials from both towns said seemed to have a large turnout.

'It's been steady, steady, steady,' said Mark Lemay, selectman in Goffstown, noting that cars overflowed out of the parking lot at Bartlett Elementary School in the early morning hours.

Council Chairman Bill Dermody said turnout was heavy in Bedford as well. 'By 8 a.m., they had processed about 1,000 voters,' he said.  

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