Rep. Nardolillo submits resolution to Congress to prevent voter fraud
STATE HOUSE — On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, Rep. Robert Nardolillo III (R-Dist. 28, Coventry) will submit a resolution to Congress on the floor of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, asking Congress to amend the Motor Voter Act, allowing states to require proof of citizenship before allowing people to register to vote.
Representative Nardolillo decided to submit his resolution after details of an investigation into potential voter fraud from last November’s election were revealed. Cranston police are currently investigating eight cases of voting irregularities, in which two of the cases, involve non-U.S. citizens voting in Rhode Island’s third largest city.
According to Representative Nardolillo, “In this day and age, we should have solid measures in place to prevent voter fraud. What we see happening in Cranston, means it surely could have happened in other communities. I am asking our federal government, with this Resolution, to allow the state of Rhode Island to make sure residents show proof of citizenship, before ever casting a single vote in any election.”
In 2016, the Obama Administration backed the issuance of a court injunction blocking new voter registration forms that would have allowed three states to require voters provide copies of documents proving their U.S. citizenship.
“Our federal law should be changed to allow states to require some proof of citizenship in order to register to vote. This will show that we are serious about stopping voter fraud,” said Representative Nardolillo. “If it happened in Cranston, I feel it’s highly probably it happened elsewhere.”
For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903