Rule Change In The Works For Voter Registration

Nov 16, 2017

The Rhode Island Board of Elections has started the process of changing one of its rules in response to a complaint filed by a former GOP gubernatorial candidate, Ken Block, who has testified before President Trump's commission on voting irregularities. 

Block filed a complaint in September with the U.S. Justice Department, alleging the state was violating a federal voting regulation by failing to collect Social Security or driver’s license numbers from new voters.

In response, the Elections Board voted earlier this week to update a regulation from 2008. That was after one Elections Board member, Stephen Erickson, called the issue trivial and questioned Block’s reason for making the federal complaint.

Block responded on social media by saying it’s a big problem when elections are conducted outside of federal laws. Block has studied voting issues with funding from a group co-founded by former White House strategist Steve Bannon.

Meanwhile, the conservative ​Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity is calling for members of the Board of Elections to step down, citing their support for the 2008 regulation, which the group calls flawed.