April 25, 2007

RE: Mollis Recommends Photo ID... Mollis forms "Voters First Advisory Committee"

Marc Comtois

Building on Andrew's post (and apparently this is a case of lunch-hour, blog-posting serendipity) Jim Baron of the Pawtucket Times reports:

Secretary of State Ralph Mollis has assembled a bi-partisan "Voters First Advisory Committee" -- which includes the woman who ran against him in the November election - to hash out a list of 10 election-related issues.

The North Providence Democrat says he wants the panel's input on those matters so they can be addressed with laws to be crafted by his office that he hopes can be in place for the 2008 election.
Some of the Mollis proposals the group will look at are sure to be controversial - such as his call for all voters to show a photo ID a the polling place.

"The lack of a photo ID system creates the perception of voter fraud, shakes voter confidence and leads to lack of voter participation," according to materials distributed by the secretary of state's office. "A fair and equitable photo ID system that would stand the test of our judicial system and address the concerns of our community needs to be established."
The photo ID requirement was one of the grounds for agreement between Mollis and his Republican opponent last year, Susan Stenhouse of Warwick.

Stenhouse is now a member of the commission, as is GOP Sen. June Gibbs. Other members include Woonsocket Rep. Jon Brien, Providence Rep. Joseph Almeida and Providence Sen. Juan Pichardo, all Democrats, as well as Ken McGill, registrar of the Pawtucket Board of Canvassers; Robert Kando, executive director of the state Board of Elections, and Jan Ruggiero, director of the division of elections in the secretary of state's office. Mollis will be chairman of the committee.

"It was a little weird when I got the call," to be on a panel of advisors to the man who defeated her, Stenhouse confessed in response to a question. "I almost fell out of my chair." Nonetheless, she said, "these are issues I am passionate about and I have always felt you don't have to have the title to make a difference."

Good for Mollis and a smart political move, too. Now, let's hope this actually goes somewhere.

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If we require voter ID (like most of the civilized world does, by the way) then how will the dead and illegals vote? How will the unions vote multiple times?

Posted by: Greg at April 25, 2007 12:56 PM

Why not make voter registration mandatory for high school graduates. It would be easy to implement and would shift the burden of registration from third party groups to the government.

Posted by: Rick at April 25, 2007 1:53 PM

How about because 1/3 of RI high school grads CAN'T READ? I'd rather people who want to vote have to go register instead of granting easy access for every drooling idiot.

Posted by: Greg at April 25, 2007 2:03 PM

"If we require voter ID (like most of the civilized world does, by the way) then how will the dead and illegals vote?"

That's it, Greg. I'm picketing the Sec State's office. We cannot allow these groups to be disenfranchised.

Posted by: SusanD at April 25, 2007 5:12 PM

I can see it now the next step is acceptance of the Official Secretary of State Photo ID. Handwritten notes with a crayon drawn picture saying this is who they say they are. Of course they will all be signed A. Ralph Mollis

Posted by: David Davis at April 25, 2007 7:12 PM

I guess John Sisto's daughter wouldn't be able to illegally vote four elections in a row if she had had to present an ID, right?

Proof enough?

Posted by: Greg at April 25, 2007 8:09 PM
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