Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis will kickoff the final week of his campaign to implement the state's new Voter ID law before Election Day with a stop at Sparrows Point Apartments today at 11 a.m. in the Community Room at Sparrows Point II, 777 Cowesett Ave.
During the visit to the 450-unit complex, Mollis will remind voters about the new ID requirement, release a list of last-minute locations where they can obtain free IDs and urge them to confirm the location of their polling place before heading out to vote Nov. 6.
For most voters, Election Day will be their first encounter with Voter ID and the effects of redistricting, which has caused many polling places to change. Fewer than 100,000 Rhode Islanders voted in the elections that have taken place so far this year. More than 400,000 turned out in November 2008 for the last presidential election.
Under the new law, voters will be asked to show ID at the polls. Poll workers will accept a wide variety of common Ids, including an R.I. driver's license, employee ID, college ID, RIPTA bus pass and Social Security card. The Secretary of State's office will provide free IDs to voters who do not have an acceptable ID.