Woonsocket Special Primary first election of 2014 to Require Full Photo ID
PROVIDENCE, RI -- Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis is reminding voters that in the upcoming Woonsocket election, only a photo ID will be accepted at the polls in any primary and/or election.
"The concern that fraud could occur at the polls undermines the public's faith in the outcomes of our elections. 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 Island voters," said Mollis.
The first election of 2014 is the Woonsocket Special Primary for Representative District 49 scheduled for Tuesday, January 21, 2014.
Rhode Island law now requires voters to show a proper photo ID in order to vote by regular ballot, however, if a registered voter does not possess a photo ID, they cannot be turned away at the polls. They have the right to a provisional ballot, and should be given one at their polling location.
Some types of photo ID include:
? RI driver's license ? U.S. Passport ? ID card issued by an U.S. educational institution ? U.S. military identification card ? State of RI or U.S. government-issued ID card
Any registered voter who does not have a valid photo ID can obtain a FREE Voter ID card at the following locations.
o Friday – January 17th, 2014 10:00 a.m. – NOON Open to public John F. Kennedy Manor 547 Clinton Street Woonsocket, RI
o Friday – January 17th, 2014 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Open to public Park View Manor 218 Pond Street Woonsocket, RI
For more information about voter ID, or other acceptable forms of ID, please call the Rhode Island Secretary of State's Elections Division at (401) 222-2340 or visit www.sos.ri.gov/elections/voterid/
The Secretary of State's Elections Division is located at 148 West River St., Providence, and is open to the public weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Woonsocket General Special Election will be held on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014.
The Secretary of State's 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.
Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis is committed to making it easier to vote, making it easier to do business in Rhode Island, preserving our history and making government more open and accessible.