RI urged to clarify rules on voter ID law
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—A coalition of groups concerned about a new voter identification requirement in Rhode Island wants election officials to clarify how the law will be enforced.
The groups say that without clear guidelines the law will cause confusion at the polls next election day. On Thursday they asked the state Board of Elections to immediately craft rules to ensure voters aren't turned away because they don't have the right ID.
Starting next year voters will be asked to present a government-issued ID at the polls. Voters without the proper ID will be allowed to cast provisional ballots.
The coalition includes the Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union, Common Cause Rhode Island, the League of Women Voters and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's Providence branch.