R.I. voter ID law hailed at U.S. Senate hearing

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Rhode Island’s controversial voter-identification legislation was among those hailed by conservatives in testimony last Thursday before a U.S. Senate subcommittee examining new voter laws passed by state legislatures this year.

Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, quoted from Governor Chafee’s defense of the law, saying “requiring identification at the polling place is a reasonable request to ensure the accuracy and integrity of our elections.”

He also cited a quote from state Sen. Harold Metts, a Providence Democrat who co-sponsored the legislation. He defended the law this way: “[A]s a minority citizen and senior citizen I would not support anything that I thought would represent obstacles or limit protections.