That’s because voter ID laws tend to disenfranchise minority voters, though Vincent says he’s confident Rhode Island’s law wasn’t intending to that, as he said is the case in other states. Instead, he warned of “unintended consequences.”
Jim Vincent later went on to counter Senator Lou Raptakis who recalled a recent election in East Greenwich that was won by one vote. Thus even one instance of voter fraud, says the Senator, might sway such elections if we do not maintain the current Voter ID law.
But Jim Vincent, president of the Providence chapter of the NAACP, counters that the voter ID disenfranchises the very people he represents. He says sacrificing ten good votes to prevent one bad vote makes no sense.