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Thu, 11 Aug 2016 13:30:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea sends postcards urging eligible Rhode Islanders to register to vote

PROVIDENCE, RI – Eligible Rhode Islanders who have not registered to vote yet will receive a postcard this week from Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea urging them to register so they can vote in elections this fall. The postcards provide information to Rhode Islanders on how to check their voter...

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 15:30:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea bringing new voting machines to Rhode Island voters

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea will give voters a test drive of their new voting machines in a series of voter outreach events throughout Rhode Island. Voters across the state will cast their votes with the new voting equipment starting with the September 13 Primary election....

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:45:00 GMT

Rhode Islanders welcome state-of-the-art voting systems

PROVIDENCE, RI - At a press conference in the State House Library today, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea demonstrated the state's new voting systems to Governor Raimondo, legislative leaders, elections officials and community representatives.

"Voting equipment is Democracy's infrastructure.

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 14:30:00 GMT

Governor Raimondo signs Secretary Gorbea's Lobby Reform Act into law

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today celebrated the passage of the 2016 Lobby Reform Act during a State House Library ceremony where Governor Raimondo signed the bill into law. Gorbea championed the legislation, introduced by Representative Jacquard and Senator Lynch Prata, in

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 15:00:00 GMT

State Archives exhibition lets you experience Rhode Island in 1776

PROVIDENCE, RI – Have you ever seen a copy of the Declaration of Independence in person? Do you know what George Washington's handwriting looks like?

In 1776, the fight for independence and the birth of our nation forever changed the international landscape. Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea...

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 15:00:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea reminds candidates to file Declaration of Candidacy

PROVIDENCE, RI - Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is reminding those looking to run for office in the State of Rhode Island that they must officially file a Declaration of Candidacy form on June 27, 28 or 29 in order to become eligible to appear on this year's ballot.

Along with this year's...

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 20:45:00 GMT

Statement by Secretary of State Gorbea on Passage of Lobby Reform Bill

"Today, the Senate voted to approve the House version of the Lobby Reform Act (H.7388 Substitute A), which now will be sent to the Governor. When I first entered office, I identified the need for a comprehensive reform of the state's lobbying laws. This legislation is the result of our efforts to...

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 14:00:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Reminds Registered Voters of Disaffiliation Deadline

Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is reminding registered voters, especially those who voted in the April Presidential Preference Primary, to check their party affiliation ahead of the disaffiliation deadline on June 15.

"Many independent voters headed to the polls in April, but those voters...

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 18:15:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea highlights the Gaspee Affair with June "Treasures from the Archives"

PROVIDENCE, RI – This month, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea will highlight the burning of the HMS Gaspee with the Treasures from the Archives exhibition series. Documents related to events before and after a group of Rhode Island colonists burned the British Schooner will be on view in the...

Thu, 26 May 2016 21:30:00 GMT

Statement by Secretary of State Gorbea on Senate Passage of Lobby Reform Bill

"Today, the Rhode Island Senate voted 36-0 to approve the Rhode Island Lobbying Reform Act (S.2361 Substitute A). When I first entered office, I identified the need for a comprehensive reform of the state's lobbying laws. This legislation is the result of our efforts to clarify, streamline and...

Tue, 24 May 2016 20:45:00 GMT

Statement by Secretary of State Gorbea on House Passage of Lobby Reform Bill

"Today, the Rhode Island House of Representatives voted 68-0 to approve the Rhode Island Lobbying Reform Act (H.7388 Substitute A). This legislation will provide for a comprehensive reform of our state's lobbying laws. I thank House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, the bill's sponsors, Representatives...

Thu, 19 May 2016 14:45:00 GMT

Secretary of State Gorbea releases Open Government data tool

PROVIDENCE, RI– Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today launched an online tool to help Rhode Islanders access open government information filed with the Department of State. The Open Government Interactive is Rhode Island's first interactive data visualization and focuses on data filed in the...

Wed, 18 May 2016 21:15:00 GMT

Statement by Secretary of State Gorbea on House Judiciary Passage of Lobby Reform Bill

"I want to thank Chairman Keable and the members of the House Judiciary Committee for passing legislation this evening that will provide for a comprehensive reform of our state's lobbying laws. House Bill 7388, Substitute A, sponsored by Representatives Jacquard, Williams, Ruggiero, and McEntee,...

Tue, 17 May 2016 21:15:00 GMT

Statement by Secretary of State Gorbea on Senate Judiciary Passage of Lobby Reform Bill

"I want to thank Chairman McCaffrey and the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing legislation this evening that will provide for a comprehensive reform of our state's lobbying laws. Senate Bill 2361, Substitute A, sponsored by Senators Lynch Prata, Goldin and Lombardi, will clarify,

Tue, 10 May 2016 22:15:00 GMT

Statement by Secretary of State Gorbea on Speaker Mattiello's legislation to restore the RI Ethics Commission

"I applaud Speaker Mattiello and President Paiva Weed for introducing and supporting legislation to restore the RI Ethics Commission's jurisdiction over the General Assembly. Upon passage, it empowers Rhode Island voters to amend our constitution on Election Day to ensure that our state is run...

Tue, 03 May 2016 13:30:00 GMT

Statement by Secretary of State Gorbea on Appointments to the State Board of Elections

"I am pleased with Governor Raimondo's appointment of Diane Mederos and Isadore Ramos to the State Board of Elections. I have already reached out to Ms. Mederos and Mr. Ramos to congratulate them and offer the assistance of the Department of State in whatever they need. Upon confirmation by the...

Mon, 02 May 2016 19:45:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea celebrates Rhode Island Independence Day with May "Treasures from the Archives"

PROVIDENCE, RI – This month, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea will mark the 240th anniversary of Rhode Island's independence with the Treasures from the Archives exhibition series. The original handwritten Act passed by the Rhode Island Colony's General Assembly on May 4, 1776 will be on...

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 19:15:00 GMT

Where to vote on Tuesday?

Secretary Gorbea urges voters to confirm polling locations and times at sos.ri.gov/vic

PROVIDENCE, RI – Thousands of Rhode Islanders will vote on Tuesday, April 26, to elect delegates to the Democratic and Republican National Conventions and to signal their choice for either party's Presidential

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:15:00 GMT

New Mobile Voter Information Center Makes Finding Polling Locations Faster and Easier

Secretary Gorbea Encourages Voters to Check their Polling Locations Ahead of the Presidential Preference Primary

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced a new mobile tool available to help voters on Election Day (sos.ri.gov/vic). Eligible voters can now easily check...

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 12:45:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Lauds Supreme Court's Decision on Evenwel v. Abbott

PROVIDENCE, RI – "It is great to see the Supreme Court of the United States uphold one of the core principles of American democracy – equal representation. As Rhode Island Secretary of State, I applaud the Court's unanimous verdict and share the Court's interpretation as stated by Justice Ginsburg

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