Warwick, RI - Today, a House committee is scheduled to vote on legislation, H5925, which will only require the birth year of voters rather than their birth date be provided to the public. Date of birth of voter information can be used by citizens to prevent or identify voter fraud by ensuring voters are not registered at more than one location and deceased voters are no longer eligible to vote.
Chairwoman Sue M. Cienki commented: “After spending the last few months passing special interest legislation that will hurt property taxpayers, the General Assembly is about to pass a bill pushed by progressive legislators that will make it harder to detect voter fraud. For example, in 2006, it was discovered through use of date of birth information that there were 10,000 duplicate voter registrations and an additional 5,000 voters were actually dead. Only through the use of date of birth information were thousands of voters made ineligible to vote.”
Cienki concluded: “Rhode Island does not need fewer safeguards against voter fraud; it needs more. Making it easier for voter fraud to occur, will only make it harder for Rhode Islanders to trust their government.”