Although people in the nation’s smallest state can obtain photo voter IDs with ease, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says that requiring an ID in order to vote is a hardship.
The group’s Rhode Island chapter has demanded an end to the photo voter ID law that a ---solidly Democratic legislature--- enacted in 2011. It’s the latest attack by the ACLU and other leftist groups against state election reforms that are specifically designed to prevent vote fraud.
Over the past few years, courts have struck down laws in Arkansas, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Texas, while upholding them in Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio and Wisconsin. In 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Indiana’s photo voter ID law, which has been a model for other states. North Carolina’s voter ID law, which also curbs early voting and ends out-of-precinct voting and same-day registration, went to trial in late July in a federal court.
The charge that such laws “suppress the vote” of minorities, the elderly, the young and the disabled is especially absurd in Rhode Island, where accommodations for people to get a free ID are impressive — from students, to welfare recipients, to the homeless, to senior citizens, to the incapacitated, etc.
If you’re a Rhode Islander and you don’t have an ID, you can’t blame the state government, whose outreach program even includes a mobile phone app that gives a wealth of voter information including GPS directions to the nearest polling place.
Anyone can register to vote upon showing several forms of ID, including (but not limited to)-- “Employee ID card; ID card provided by a commercial establishment; Credit or debit card; Military ID card; Student ID card; Health club ID card; Insurance plan ID card; or a Public housing ID card.”
Even If they don’t have one of the above, they can still use any of another 19 items, such as utility bills, bank statements, vehicle registrations, senior citizen or disabled discount cards, or even a prescription drug invoice. About the only thing missing is last week’s grocery receipt.