Rhode Island GOP concerned over election bill eliminating ID for mail-in ballots

"Without an ID you cannot open a bank account, drive a car, get government assistance, fly on a plane, cash a check," said state Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Cienki. "Your vote should be as important as any of those life necessities."
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Rhode Island Republican Party members are concerned about elections legislation facing a vote in the state Senate on Tuesday that eliminates an identification requirement for mail-in ballots.

The state currently requires that either two witnesses or a notary attest to the identity of a voter casting their ballot by mail. However, state Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Cienki and Republican Sen. Jessica de la Cruz expressed concern over a bill from the General Assembly that eliminates that requirement without replacing it with any other ID requirement, such as a driver's license or state identification card number, The Providence Journal reported.

"There has to be a system where every eligible voter knows that their vote will be cast by them ... [and] it is not an undue burden to provide an ID ... [which proves] you exist," Cienki said.