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Secretary of State Mollis Announces Voter Registration Drive at McCoy Stadium Today

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Secretary of State's office will travel to Pawtucket today for its first ever voter registration drive at McCoy Stadium prior to the Pawsox' 7 p.m. game against the Rochester Red Wings.

Rhode Islanders will be able to register to vote or re-register if they have moved or changed their names since the last time they voted from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the park's Main Gate. In order to register, you must be at least 18 years old by Nov. 6, a resident of Rhode Island and a U.S. citizen.

While the Pawsox drive comes after the deadline to register to vote in the Sept. 11 primary, everyone who registers at McCoy today will be eligible to vote on Election Day, according to Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis.

The Secretary of State's office will also provide free Voter IDs to voters who need one in order to comply with the state's new Voter ID law.

In order to obtain the special ID, voters must bring proof of identity such as a Social Security card, credit or debit card, utility bill or any government-issued document. The ID, which includes a color photo of the voter and the voter's full name, will be created on the spot.

Voters who already have one of the wide range of acceptable IDs including a R.I. driver's license, state ID card, RIPTA bus pass, college ID or employee ID do not need the special Voter ID.

Voter ID will be phased in over two election cycles. In 2012 and 2013, voters can also use a variety of non-photo IDs including a Social Security card, bank statement or any government-issued document. Beginning in 2014, only photo ID will be accepted.

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  • Release date: 08-21-2012

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