A native-born Rhode Islander, educated in Providence Public Schools, went to college in North Carolina and a political junkie and pessimistic optimist.

4 responses to “Don’t Believe the Voter Fraud Advocates”

  1. Alias Smith

    Some good points in here. Well done.

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  2. Barry

    Sorry Sam, some disagreements!  I think your choice of language is absurd, labelling “voter fraud advocates” when I guess you mean “voter id advocates” whom you call cowards and attribute a desire to disenfranchise.  That may be true of some, but reasonable people might conclude it is important to build confidence in the accuracy of elections and support the RI law which remember includes the right to a provisional ballot in there is no satsifacrory ID.  By the way, IDs are very broad for now, even including utility bills!  And contrary to your insinuations, the Secretary of State’s Office has aggressively reached out to provide IDs.   I believe you also exaggerate in saying because our state is whiter its easier to disenfranchise the poor young and non-white and the State House doesn’t care about those demographics.  Having lived in NY, OH, FL, TX before living here, I think the poor do relatively well (think Ritecare, utility rules, RIPAE, free RIPTA rides…) at the Assembly and have vocal allies (including Council of Churches) though of course it is a struggle and more could be done. 

    While I doubt there is much actual voter fraud, we could be wrong about that and all in all RI’s law should not dienfranchise legitimate voters and could help build confidence.  To expand voting, I would suggest instead of railing aginst the ID law, support a look at on-line and early voting schemes as many states now have, or opportunities to vote on weekends when less working folks are are on the job.   


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  3. mtroles

    Sam, please cite your sources regarding you comments about the state’s demographics.

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