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Photo ID law now in effect for RI elections

Photo ID law now in effect for RI elections

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — Next week's special primary election in Woonsocket will be the first time Rhode Islanders are asked to show a photo identification at the polls.

Voters will need to present a driver's license, college ID, passport or another type of government ID. Individuals without a valid photo ID will be given a provisional ballot.

The state's voter ID law has been phased in gradually since it was passed in 2011. Until this year voters could present non-photo identification.

Tuesday's primary election in state House District 49 in Woonsocket is the first election of the year.

Democrats Douglas Brown, Mark Chenot and Michael Morin are running for the House seat left vacant when former Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt was elected mayor. The general election is Feb. 25. No Republicans are running.

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