Primary Day — Acceptable Forms of ID

SoS (9.11) Tuesday is primary day and our first opportunity to test the new Voter ID Law and see if it solved that terrible problem that didn’t actually exist. According to the Office of the Secretary of State, the following photo IDs will be accepted.

  • RI driver’s license
  • U.S. passport
  • ID card issued by an educational institution in the United States
  • U.S. military identification card
  • ID card issued by the U.S. government or State of Rhode Island like a RIPTA bus pass
  • Government issued medical card
  • RI Voter ID
  • Employee ID card
  • ID card provided by a commercial establishment
  • Credit or debit card
  • Health club ID card
  • Insurance plan ID card
  • Public housing ID card

The SoS adds, “Voter ID will be phased in over two election cycles. This year, voters can also use a variety of non-photo IDs including a Social Security card, bank statement or any government-issued document. Beginning in 2014, only photo IDs will be accepted.

Most importantly, no eligible voter will be denied the right to vote. Voters who do not bring an acceptable ID to the polls 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.” Go here for complete information.

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