From Talking Points Memo

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican Senator who dropped his affiliation to run for governor as an independent, announced Wednesday that he signed a voter ID bill into law and touted the support of “representatives of [the] state’s minority communities” for the photo ID requirement.

The photo ID requirement will not kick in until 2014, and all college, Rhode Island and federally issued IDs will be accepted under the law. The state will provide free IDs to those who don’t have one and will allow those without IDs to cast provisional ballots.

Politically, the situation in Rhode Island was much different than in other states which have passed voter ID laws this year.

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