PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Former gubernatorial candidate Ken Block alleges that Rhode Island violates federal law by not collecting voters’ personal identifying information.
The Providence Journal reports Block is contacting the U.S. Department of Justice. He says the state doesn’t collect driver’s license numbers or Social Security numbers from all registering voters, only from voters registering by mail.
Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea says federal law requires collecting this information from people registering to vote for the first time, if they have it. She says the state’s online voter registration system captures driver’s license information.
Block says the state doesn’t have identifying information for thousands of voters in a 2016 election, violating federal law.
The watchdog group Common Cause says Block’s letter overlooks that the state also collects information from registrations completed by third-party registrants.
Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com