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Thu, 28 Jan 2016 20:30:00 GMT

Preserving history at the State House

Secretary Gorbea holds rededication ceremony for the State House Charter Museum. Providence, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea celebrated the rededication of the State House Charter Museum. Over 50 members from the community including elected officials and history enthusiasts attended a...

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:15:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Announces Redesign of Department of State Website

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today announced the launch of a redesigned Department of State website (www.sos.ri.gov). The new website, created entirely through in-house efforts, offers a straightforward interface that will make it easier for Rhode Islanders to quickly...

Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:45:00 GMT

Nineteen candidates file statement of intent for Presidential Preference Primary

PROVIDENCE, RI – A total of 19 candidates have filed the required statement of intent form with the Department of State as a first step towards appearing on the ballot in the Presidential Preference Primary scheduled for April 26th. The deadline for filing a statement of intent was today at noon.

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 20:15:00 GMT

Statement of Intent Filing Period for the 2016 Presidential Preference Primary is January 21-23

PROVIDENCE, RI - Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is reminding candidates and potential candidates in the upcoming Presidential Preference Primary that they must file a Statement of Intent during the period of January 21 through January 23, 2016. The form is available at www.sos.ri....

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:15:00 GMT

Students from six RI communities vow to increase voter turnout among millennials

Secretary of State Gorbea launches Rhode Island Civic Fellowship program Providence, RI – On Wednesday, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea convened a group of high school students, academic advisors and local canvassing officials from six communities to launch the Rhode Island Civic Fellowship...

Fri, 23 Oct 2015 20:15:00 GMT

Seven declared candidates for Senate District 11 Special Election

Three Republicans, three Democrats and one Independent have declared their candidacy for the Senate District 11 seat formerly occupied by Christopher Ottiano. Gregory Steven Blythe (I) of Portsmouth, Joan B. Chabot (R) of Tiverton, Kenneth Mendonca (R) of Portsmouth, John A. Pagliarini, Jr. (R)

Thu, 22 Oct 2015 19:30:00 GMT

Rhode Island families invited to enjoy a Spooky State House Treasure Hunt

Providence, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea will host a Spooky State House Treasure Hunt on Thursday, October 29, from 6 to 8PM. The event will include a family-friendly thematic tour of the State House, plenty of candy and activities for children. Visitors will learn spooky facts about...

Wed, 14 Oct 2015 21:00:00 GMT

Dates set for special election in Senate District 11

Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced today that there will be a special election in Senate District 11 to fill the seat of former Senator Christopher Ottiano on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. Senate District 11 includes parts of Bristol, Portsmouth, and Tiverton. "I want to thank Senator...

Wed, 14 Oct 2015 14:45:00 GMT

State Archives exhibit offers a glimpse into post-Civil War life at Rhode Island's state institutions

A new exhibit at the Rhode Island State Archives, entitled "Charities & Corrections – Life at the State Institutions", features never before seen images and documents chronicling life at the institutions tasked with caring for the poor, disabled, mentally ill, and the incarcerated. During...

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 22:15:00 GMT

Five RI civic leaders receive the 2015 National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Medallion Award

Providence, RI - Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea recognized four individuals and one institution with the 2015 NASS Medallion Award at a ceremony held this afternoon at the State House. State Senator Hanna M. Gallo of Cranston; Pilar McCloud of the NAACP Providence; the Center for Southeast

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:45:00 GMT

Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea selected for the 2015 Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership

Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea has been selected to participate in the eleventh annual Aspen Institute Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership, a nongovernmental, nonpartisan educational program for men and women holding elective office at the state, local, or federal level. Each year, the...

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:15:00 GMT

Secretary of State Gorbea to mark National Voter Registration Month during September

Each year, Secretaries of State across the U.S. celebrate National Voter Registration Month during the month of September. Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is working with Rhode Island's federal, state and local leaders to promote state resources that are available to help with the...

Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:45:00 GMT

Deadline to register to vote in the South Kingstown Town Council Special Election is this Sunday, August 23

A Special Election for South Kingstown Town Council will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is reminding voters in South Kingstown that the deadline to register to vote in this election is Sunday, August 23. State law requires voters to be registered at...

Fri, 07 Aug 2015 19:00:00 GMT

Secretary of State Gorbea selected for national leadership role among Secretaries of State

Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea has been appointed to lead the National Association of Secretaries of States' Standing Committee on Voter Participation for the 2015-2016 cycle. Gorbea will co-chair the committee with Secretary of State John Merrill of Alabama. The NASS Voter Participation...

Thu, 06 Aug 2015 21:30:00 GMT

Raimondo, Gorbea Work to Modernize Voting Equipment, Mark 50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today hosted a bill signing ceremony on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act to mark the passage of legislation (S 999 and H 6312) authorizing the Secretary of State to purchase modern voting equipment and software. "Fifty years ago today,...

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:30:00 GMT

Secretary of State Gorbea convenes Voting Equipment Task Force

First meeting to take place Thursday, July 30, at 4:00PM Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea has convened a Voting Equipment Task Force that will help inform the Department of State's process for researching and acquiring new voting equipment. The existing voting equipment has been in use since...

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:15:00 GMT

Statement by Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea on the Knight News Challenge award

"I am excited that the Rhode Island Department of State has been awarded a $35 thousand grant from the Knight Foundation's Knight Prototype Fund to explore new and innovative ways to increase voter participation among younger Rhode Islanders. The Rhode Island Department of State is dedicated to...

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:30:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea to host voter outreach event in North Smithfield ahead of next week's Special Election

Voters in North Smithfield will head to the polls on Tuesday, July 7, for a Special Election to fill a vacancy on the Town Council. On Thursday, July 2, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea will host a voter outreach event in North Smithfield aimed at increasing awareness and voter participation.

Thu, 18 Jun 2015 16:00:00 GMT

State Archives exhibit highlights historic RI curiosities

A new exhibit at the Rhode Island State Archives offers the public a unique opportunity to view remarkable and curious items spanning hundreds of years of our state's history. These items range from examples of colonial money, both authentic and counterfeit, to records of piracy trials, and even H....

Wed, 17 Jun 2015 23:00:00 GMT

Statement by Secretary of State Gorbea on House passage of Voting and Elections Modernization Act

"Today, the House of Representatives voted, by an overwhelming majority, to approve the Voting and Elections Modernization Act. This legislation will make it easier for citizens to register to vote and update their voter information, and it will improve the accuracy and integrity of Rhode Island's

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