PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Opponents of Rhode Island’s new voter identification law have introduced legislation in the General Assembly that would repeal it.
Critics of the requirement say it creates problems for some elderly, poor or minority voters who may not have the designated identification.
The bill is sponsored by state Rep. Larry Valencia, a Richmond Democrat. It’s scheduled for a hearing later this month.
Lawmakers voted in 2011 to require voters to show ID at the polls. Secretary of State Ralph Mollis crafted the legislation, which he said was needed to prevent voter fraud and boost the public’s confidence in the integrity of elections.
Election officials reported no major problems with the new law in last fall’s elections, though critics say the requirement contributed to long lines seen at some polling places.