Could record voter turnout bring spike in fraud?
CONCORD — This year marks the first time in New Hampshire's presidential election history that voters are asked to show identification at the polls. But some say the new voter ID law isn't tough enough, and could change the outcome on Tuesday.
Rep. David Bates has been very vocal about his concerns for voter fraud and has sponsored several bills in attempts to strengthen the qualifications for casting a ballot.
"The opportunity for fraud is really ripe here in New Hampshire," Bates said.
Under current law, anyone can register at their polling place on the day of the election. Voters will be asked to show a photo ID but can still vote if they do not have one. Moderators will ask the person to sign an affidavit, swearing they are a resident of the town. Affidavits are investigated after the votes are tallied.
"There's thousands of them from the last presidential election that have never been investigated by the Attorney General," Bates said.
Bates told NH1 News that it's simply too easy for people to vote when they aren't eligible.
Secretary of State Bill Gardner predicts a record voter turnout. He said each election averages one voter fraud prosecution.
"It's not rampant but it's important that you try to have safe guards in place so that people have confidence," Gardner said.
According to Gardner, earlier this year at the Presidential Primary on February 9th, there were 542,433 total ballots cast.
Of those, 1,158 voters did not show an ID and signed an affidavit.
Gardner predicts 738,606 ballots will be submitted on election day.