The Problem that Does
We’ve heard State Rep Charlene Lima liken Rhode Island’s new voter ID law to “Jim Crow”. We’ve heard from people like Dr. Pablo Rodriguez that it is “a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist.” And Providence immigration lawyer, Roberto Gonzalez said in reference to the law “They based their support on some perceived fraud that no one has been able to establish actually existing. So based on some phantom problem…”
People have said that there are few to no known cases of voter fraud in Rhode Island. Well guess what, until a local television station in Florida had done the research, few known cases existed there either. Their reporter dug up 94 cases pretty easily. We can easily surmise that they missed some, simply because of their methodology. They went through all the jury duty recusals due to “Not being a US citizen” and crosschecked that with the registered voters. So if you begged off jury duty due to not being a US citizen, yet you’re registered to vote, that was flagged. So how many did they miss that have not been called to jury duty or those non-US citizens who did serve and didn’t call out their own status?
This is a problem that doesn’t exist? No, it’s simply a problem that isn’t known about. The voter ID law is a step in the right direction toward better protecting the legitimacy of our elections.