Voters who don’t have a photo ID can get a free Voter ID from Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis on March 29 at Pilgrim Senior Center in Warwick from 1 to 3 p.m.
The visits are prompted by the state’s new Voter ID law. Beginning with the April 24 presidential primary, voters will be asked to show ID when they vote at the polls. A wide range of common IDs including R.I. driver's license, U.S. passport, college ID, U.S. military ID, government-issued medical card or federal- or state-issued ID like a RIPTA bus pass will be accepted.
"Photo ID ensures that poll workers can match a face to the name that voters give them when they obtain their ballots at the polls. The simple act of asking for ID protects the rights of every voter," said Mollis.
The Secretary of State’s office will provide free IDs to voters who do not have an acceptable photo ID. In order to obtain a Voter ID, voters must bring proof of identity such as a Social Security card, credit or debit card, utility bill or government-issued document. The ID, which includes a color photo of the voter and the voter's full name as it appears in the state's voter registration database, will be created on the spot.
A complete list of dates and locations where voters can obtain a Voter ID are posted on the Secretary of State’s website at sos.ri.gov. Mail ballots do not require 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 RIte Care or Social Security card. Beginning in 2014, photo ID will be required.
Eligible voters who do not bring an acceptable ID to the polls will not be turned away. They can vote using a standard Provisional Ballot. If the signature they give at their polling place matches the signature on their voter registration, their ballot will be counted.