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RI ACLU slams new voter identification rules

December 9, 2011
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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—The Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union says a new state law requiring identification at the polls doesn't do enough to help voters who don't have a driver's license or other photo ID.

The ACLU and nine other groups on Friday wrote to state election officials urging them to revise the rules to make it easier for homeless, disabled, elderly and poor voters to qualify for free voter ID cards.

Starting in 2014 voters must present a government photo ID at the polls. Those without photo IDs may ask the state for a free voter ID, but they'll have to present other identity documents to get one.

The ACLU says that those lacking photo IDs are unlikely to possess the right documents to qualify for a voter ID card.

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