Photo ID law now in effect for R.I. elections

The special primary election in Woonsocket next week will be the first time Rhode Islanders are asked to show a photo identification at the polls. Voters must present a driver’s license, college ID, passport, or another type of government ID. Individuals without a valid photo ID will be given a provisional ballot. The state’s voter ID law has been phased in gradually since it was passed in 2011. Until this year voters could present nonphoto identification. Tuesday’s primary election in state House District 49 in Woonsocket is the first election of the year. Democrats Douglas Brown, Mark Chenot, and Michael Morin are running for the House seat left vacant when Representative Lisa Baldelli-Hunt was elected mayor.

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