Posted: January 1, 2008
ACLU sues over voter registration in Rhode Island
The Rhode Island Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties has filed suit against the state Board of Elections. Rhode Island permits same day voter registration in presidential elections. Not registered voters can go to their city or town hall and cast a vote. The lawsuit is centered around a recently adopted administrative regulation. This new regulation allows towns and cities to designate a different location for the same day voter registration procedure if "voting in a city or town hall has become impracticable due to inadequacy of the available facilities or other concerns." The issue is whether this newly adopted administrative regulation impermissibly conflicts with the Rhode Island statutory law.