- Posted February 7, 2014 by
VOTER ID ensures that poll workers can validate, 7 forms of acceptable ID
The Woonsocket Special Primary was the first election of 2014 to require a valid Photo ID in order to vote, and I am proud to announce it was a huge success!
As we insured when drafting this law, no registered voter who wanted to vote in the primary was turned away at the polls. Everyone was given the opportunity to vote on primary day, as will be the case during Rhode Island’s next election on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 for the Woonsocket General Special Election for State Representative (District 49).
Voter ID has been in full effect since 2012 and Rhode Island’s law has been referred to as a national model. It’s important to note, if you are a registered voter and do not possess a photo ID, you cannot be turned away at the polls. All registered voters have a right to a provisional ballot, and should be given one by poll workers at their polling location.
The concern that fraud could occur at the polls undermines the public’s faith in the outcomes of our elections. The legislation we drafted in 2012 and was subsequently passed and signed into law addressed that concern, prevents potential fraud, and restores the faith in our election system. VOTER ID ensures that poll workers can validate the name that voters give them when they obtain their ballots at the polls, and this protects the rights of all Rhode Islanders, and it protects the voting process. I want VOTER ID to put the public’s fears to rest and put faith back in the election system.
Below are the seven forms of acceptable ID, which registered voters may use in the upcoming February 25th election in Woonsocket.
1) Rhode Island Driver's license
2) Rhode Island voter identification card
3) United States passport
4) Identification issued by a United States educational institution
5) United States military identification card
6) Identification card issued by the United States or the State of Rhode Island
7) Government issued medical card
Our Elections Division at 148 West River Street in Providence supplies FREE Voter ID cards to anyone who does not have a valid photo ID. Our office is open to the public weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and a member of our staff will gladly prepare a FREE Voter ID for you. Or, if you prefer, call us at (401) 222-2340 so we may answer any questions you may have regarding voting procedures and/or Voter ID; or to schedule a time for our office to visit your location, talk to your group about Voter Identification, and provide FREE Voter ID’s to those registered voters in need of them.
Sample ballots and polling places can conveniently be found at www.sos.ri.gov/vic our online Voter Information Center.
Our office prepares the ballots for all federal, state and municipal elections held in Rhode Island. In addition, the office maintains the statewide voter registration list, promotes voter registration and turnout and creates guides to running for office and voting.