By most accounts voting in Rhode Island had few problems on Tuesday. But for the first time ever, voters – yes even famous voters (like Mayor Angel Taveras) – had to present photo ID’s to cast a ballot. But the ACLU had poll watchers at 12 of the states 411 precincts, and said some voters were wrongly turned away. “It is of great concern to us that people who showed up at the polling place without proper ID, were told they didn’t have the right to vote, instead of being given a provisional ballot which is what the law authorizes,” said Steve Brown, Executive Director of the ACLU Chapter in Rhode Island.
The ACLU is not sure of the extent of the problem, but handed out brochures urging voters to complain if they were prevented from voting.
ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, “The issue of having to show a photo ID to vote in Rhode Island isn’t just a legal issue, it’s also a political controversy.”
Many in the General Assembly who supported Voter ID, now want it repealed.