Mail Ballots Are Vulnerable To Fraud
In today’s ProJo, Steven Frias — writer, lawyer, and Rhode Island’s Republican National Committeeman — suggests we need to tighten up the current mail ballot system. His analysis of the city’s last mayoral election makes for very interesting reading. The voting patterns in the South Providence wards were pretty fishy.
As it stands now, any voter who “may not” be able to make it to the polls can request a mail ballot, and without presenting a picture ID. (All you need to know about the motivations behind our new Voter ID law, which addressed a nonexistent problem at the polls, is that the general assembly made an exception for mail ballots, which are vulnerable to fraud.)
Mr. Farias outlines how our legislators can fix this troubling situation.
Mail ballots are susceptible to tampering. Rhode Island’s rather lax mail ballot laws must be tightened. At a minimum, voter identification should be submitted with any mail ballot application. Furthermore, eligibility for mail ballots should be limited to those who will actually be out of state on election day or who can document they are too infirm to go a polling place.
The next session of the general assembly should address this inconsistency if it wants to have any credibility on the voter fraud issue. Thomas Dorr is watching.