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RI Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis Reminds Voters, Sunday is Deadline to Register to Vote in Woonsocket General Special Election

Voters Must Register by Sunday in Order to Vote in Woonsocket State Representative (District 49) Election

PROVIDENCE, RI -- Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis is reminding voters that Sunday, January 26th, is the deadline for residents of Representative District 49 in Woonsocket to register to vote, in order to be eligible for the Woonsocket General Special Election on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014.

If a resident has changed their address and/or their name, they must re-register to vote.

Residents may register at the Woonsocket City Hall Board of Canvassers at 169 Main Street in Woonsocket, which will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 26th, 2014.

Residents who wish to review their voter status may do so at www.sos.ri.gov/vic or call the Woonsocket Board of canvassers at (401) 762-0027. Forms are also available on our web site at sos.ri.gov/elections/forms and the form may be mailed to the Woonsocket Board of Canvassers. To be valid, the form must be postmarked on or before January 26, 2014.

Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis is also reminding voters that in the upcoming Woonsocket election, only a photo ID will be accepted at the polls in any primary and/or election.

"I want everyone to have the opportunity to exercise his or her right to vote. It is a privilege and our right as citizens to cast a ballot in every election, so I urge all Rhode Islanders to register and vote," said Mollis.

NOTE: 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.

Acceptable forms of photo ID include:

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

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/

Any registered voter who does not have a valid photo ID can obtain a FREE Voter ID card at the Secretary of State's Elections Division located at 148 West River St., Providence, which is open to the public weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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.

Related links

Department or agency: Office of the Secretary of State

Online: http://www.sos.ri.gov/

Release date: 01-24-2014

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