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News and Events

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 20:15:00 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 25, 26, or 27 by 4 p.m. in order to be eligible to appear on this year's ballot.

"As Secretary of...

Tue, 12 Jun 2018 18:15:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea reminds registered voters of disaffiliation deadline

PROVIDENCE, RI - Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is reminding registered voters to visit vote.ri.gov by Thursday, June 14 and check their party affiliation. June 14 is the party disaffiliation deadline for the September 12 primary.

"I want to make sure that every registered voter has the...

Mon, 11 Jun 2018 19:15:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea conducts Election Day simulation exercise

WARWICK, RI - Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea convened elections officials from every city and town to participate in Rhode Island's first-ever elections tabletop exercise to better prepare them for challenges they may face on Election Day.

"As elections officials, it is our job to ensure...

Mon, 11 Jun 2018 18:15:00 GMT

Statement by Secretary of State Gorbea on Supreme Court's Ohio voter purge decision

"Today the Supreme Court of the United States voted 5-4 in favor of Ohio Secretary of State John Husted's new process that allows for the purging of eligible voters from Ohio's voter rolls under certain circumstances triggered by not voting.

I am disappointed with the Supreme Court's decision...

Wed, 06 Jun 2018 17:00:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea invites visitors to experience the Gaspee in virtual reality (VR) at PVD Fest

PROVIDENCE RI - Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea, is pleased to announce the latest exhibition opening June 7 at the Rhode Island State Archives: "The Gaspee Raiders: Pirates or Patriots." The exhibition highlights the pivotal role Rhode Islanders played in our nation's fight for independence.

Mon, 14 May 2018 15:15:00 GMT

Secretary of State Gorbea releases Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funding recommendations

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today presented her recommendations on how to best protect the security of elections in Rhode Island with the $3 million of Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funding allocated to the state. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 allocated $380...

Fri, 11 May 2018 22:45:00 GMT

Secretary of State Gorbea honors 148 students with 2018 Civic Leadership Award

PROVIDENCE, RI - Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today honored local high school students with the 2018 Rhode Island Civic Leadership Award. The award is given annually at a State House Ceremony to high school juniors who have made outstanding contributions to their schools and communities over

Mon, 07 May 2018 19:30:00 GMT

How to Run for Office? Seminars and new tools available

The Elections Division at the Rhode Island Department of State, in cooperation with the State Board of Elections, is offering five How to Run for Office seminars to current and potential candidates to learn the ins and outs of getting their names on the ballot this election season.

Elections...

Mon, 30 Apr 2018 19:30:00 GMT

Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea convenes officials for discussion on Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funding

Twenty-three Rhode Island political and civic leaders joined Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea for a discussion on the appropriation of $3 million in elections-related Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funding provided by the signing of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018.

"As Secretary of...

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:30:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea provides latest update on Elections Administration and Cybersecurity

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today briefed political and civic leaders on improvements made in elections administration and cybersecurity ahead of the 2018 election season.

"I am working to improve access to the ballot box while protecting the integrity of every vote,"

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:45:00 GMT

Statement by Secretary Gorbea on federal election funding in the Omnibus bill

"As Secretary of State improving access to the ballot-box and protecting the integrity of every vote are top priorities. Earlier today, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, that includes $380 million of Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funds, was signed into law by the President. This...

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:00:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea releases 2018 How to Run for Office Guide

PROVIDENCE, RI - Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea has released the official 2018 How to Run for Office Guide to assist those planning to run for elected office in Rhode Island. The guide provides would-be candidates with the necessary steps, deadlines, and eligibility requirements to run for...

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:45:00 GMT

Rhode Island Receives High Marks for Elections Security

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island is among 11 states receiving the highest grade for elections security in a new report published today by the Center for American Progress. The report, Elections Security in all 50 States – Defending America's Elections, graded states on a number of indicators including

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:30:00 GMT

Secretary of State Gorbea sets dates for special election in Senate District 8

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced today that there will be a special election in Senate District 8 to fill the seat of former Senator James E. Doyle, II on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Senate District 8 includes the city of Pawtucket.

"I appreciate Senator Doyle's...

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:15:00 GMT

Five RI civic leaders receive the 2017 National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Medallion Award

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea recognized three individuals and two institutions with the 2017 NASS Medallion Award at a ceremony held this afternoon at the State House. State Senator Erin Lynch Prata of Warwick; Aram Garabedian of Cranston; Shanna Wells of West Warwick; the...

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Convenes Local Elections Officials for Cybersecurity Summit

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today, in collaboration with the State Board of Elections, convened over 100 local elections and IT officials for a Cybersecurity Summit at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. The three-hour forum highlighted national conversations...

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 15:15:00 GMT

Secretary of State Gorbea on Ken Block Complaint to US Department of Justice

"We first received notice of Mr. Ken Block's complaint to the US Department of Justice at 10 a.m. this morning through the Providence Journal's reporting. His complaints are in response to changes in 2008 to the Board of Elections Rules and Regulations for voter registration.

We have also been...

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:30:00 GMT

Secretary of State Gorbea Appoints Melissa Husband as Deputy Secretary of State/Director of Administration

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today appointed Melissa Husband as Deputy Secretary of State/Director of Administration. Husband steps into the position vacated by Melissa Long, recently confirmed as Superior Court Judge by the Rhode Island Senate.

Husband joins the RI...

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:15:00 GMT

Rhode Island Secretary of State Gorbea on Today's Convening of Elections Integrity Commission

"Today the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity met in New Hampshire. Part of their presentation included the erroneous claim that 30 percent of Rhode Island voters in 2016 are somehow illegitimate or not verified.

This is a false characterization of eligible voters who are...

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:15:00 GMT

Rhode Island Secretary of State Gorbea on Today's Convening of Elections Integrity Commission

"Today the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity met in New Hampshire. Part of their presentation included the erroneous claim that 30 percent of Rhode Island voters in 2016 are somehow illegitimate or not verified.

This is a false characterization of eligible voters who are...

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