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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Last chance to register to vote TODAY, 1 PM to 4 PM

If you don’t register and then vote, don’t complain about the outcome
How's this for motivation?
By Will Collette

If you want a say in the November 6 Election - and you are not registered to vote,  this is your last chance!

The Charlestown Board of Canvassers will register voters on Sunday, from 1-4 PM in the Council Chambers.   

You can download the state voter registration form by clicking here and bring it with you.

You must be a citizen of the United States. You must be age 18 or older by Election Day, November 6. You must be a legal Rhode Island resident – no matter what the Charlestown Citizens Alliance may think, simply owning a second (or third, or fourth) home in Rhode Island does not make you a legal resident of the state.

Whether you appear in person or register by mail, you will need to provide some form of identification, such as a Rhode Island driver’s license. See the form for more detail on what is required. If your driver’s license is up for renewal, you can also register to vote at the DMV.

On Election Day, you need to bring a government-issued photo ID. If you don’t have one on Election Day, you may still vote but on a “provisional” ballot that will be set aside for further verification before it is counted.

For the record, I think the whole Voter ID thing is pretty bogus and is simply a Republican scheme to disenfranchise those most likely to NOT have government IDs, namely the poor and the elderly. 

Coincidentally, they also happen to be the groups most likely to vote for Democrats.

However, in Charlestown and other coastal communities, voter ID may actually be problematic for Republican voters, or in Charlestown’s case, CCA voters, since coastal towns from Westerly to Little Compton have suspiciously high rates of voter registration that may include many nonresident property owners. Little Compton, Westerly, Jamestown and Block Island have far more voters registered than the number of full-time residents 18 and older.

Anyway, unless someone files suit to block Rhode Island’s Voter ID law, bring yours or risk having your vote not counted. If you'd like to see RI's law challenged, get more information by clicking here.