MIA: Voter I.D. and Scrapping of the Straight Party Lever
It appears that Secretary of State Ralph Mollis left the two most important reforms to Rhode Island’s electoral process out of his “Voter First” Legislative Package.
The Secretary of State does not address at all his exclusion of a voter identification requirement from the package. As for the straight party lever, Secretary Mollis had this to say in yesterday’s Providence Journal:
Mollis, however, said he does not want to get rid of straight party voting because so many state voters cast such ballots. In 2006 roughly 20 percent of Rhode Island voters chose to cast a straight party ballot, Mollis said.
“I’m opposed to removing something that, in 2006, one out of every five voters in Rhode Island used,” said Mollis.
Approximately one out of every five Rhode Islanders smokes, too. That is not a basis to encourage or faciliate such an unhealthy habit.