Democratic Secretary of State candidate Guillaume de Ramel is taking a strong stand against the voter ID law passed in 2011, one week after his campaign said he favors "a better balance between conducting fair elections and encouraging people to exercise their right to vote."
During a taping Thursday of RIPR's Political Roundtable, de Ramel sided with critics who call voter ID an attempt to suppress voting, and he said he opposes it. "I think it's a solution looking for a problem," de Ramel said. "I really want to create more civic participation, more voter participation, and this is just another barrier."
de Ramel said he supports repealing the state's voter ID law -- as does his Democratic opponent, Nellie Gorbea.
de Ramel came fairly close to beating Ralph Mollis during a Democratic primary for secretary of state in 2006. During the taping of RIPR's Bonus Q-+A, de Ramel was asked why he didn't speak out as lawmakers were considering the voter ID law in 2011.
"I don't remember the opportunity to do that," de Ramel said. "I actually spoke about it extensively when I ran in 2006. I remember my opponent then, who's now the secretary of state, Ralph Mollis, he and I were actually contrasted extensively on that specific issue. I was against it, he was clearly for it."
Mollis calls Rhode Island's voter ID law a national model. Supporters call the law an important part of ensuring the identity of voters.
Roundtable airs at 5:40 and 7:40 a.m. Friday, and Bonus Q+A at 6:40 and 8:40 a.m.