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Wed, 04 Dec 2019 14:30:00 GMT

Explore Centuries of Rhode Island Census Data with a Click

PROVIDENCE, RI – This week, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced the launch of the Count Me In! data story, a free online resource that lets users explore and compare centuries of data from state and federal censuses in Rhode Island.

"Our new data story is an incredible and user-...

Thu, 07 Nov 2019 20:15:00 GMT

Explore the History and Importance of the U.S. Census at the Rhode Island State Archives

PROVIDENCE, RI – With the 2020 Census right around the corner, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea invites the public to come explore the "why" and the "how" of the decennial census at the new Rhode Island State Archives exhibition: Count Me In!

Established by the country's founding fathers in...

Sat, 26 Oct 2019 15:45:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Convenes 140 National and Local Experts for Cybersecurity Summit

NEWPORT, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea convened over 140 elections and IT officials for a Cybersecurity Summit today at Salve Regina University's Pell Center in Newport. The five-hour forum gave Rhode Island elections officials from nearly every city and town an opportunity to talk with

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 14:45:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea to Rhode Islanders: Check Your Mailbox and Help Maintain Voter Rolls

PROVIDENCE, RI - Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is preparing a major mail campaign as part of her ongoing efforts to maintain the accuracy of our state's voter rolls while following strict voter protections under state and federal law.

The Department of State's Elections Division will send

Fri, 28 Jun 2019 18:30:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Reminds Woonsocket Voters of Upcoming Special Primary Election

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea reminds Woonsocket voters that there is a special primary election in their community on Tuesday, July 2nd for city council. There are four candidates running. The top two vote-getters will move on to a special election on August 6th.

"Local...

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 19:30:00 GMT

Celebrate the History of Rhode Island's Italian Community at the State Archives

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea invites the public to come explore the Italian American story in Rhode Island at the new State Archives exhibition: Andiamo! Italians Make Their Mark in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island has the highest population of Italian Americans per capita in

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 19:45:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Announces Next Step in Building Secure, Streamlined Central Voter Registration System

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea today announced the latest step in building a new Central Voter Registration System (CVRS) for Rhode Island. The CVRS is a computer database that houses the state's list of registered voters and acts as Rhode Island's election management system. The

Tue, 28 May 2019 14:30:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Identifies Historic Treasures Most at Risk in "Temporary" State Archives

PROVIDENCE, RI – Today Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea released the results of a study commissioned by her office to evaluate the current space and storage conditions of the Rhode Island State Archives, as well as risks posed to the historic documents within.

The study was conducted by the...

Mon, 13 May 2019 18:15:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Delivers $100,000 Boost to Local Communities for Election Security

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today announced the allocation of grant money to every Rhode Island city and town to strengthen the security of voting systems and improve election processes.

The $100,000 in funding is part of Rhode Island's share of $3 million from Congress

Mon, 06 May 2019 18:15:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Unveils New Data Resource to Help Rhode Island Businesses Grow and Succeed

PROVIDENCE, RI – To kick off National Small Business Week, today Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced the launch of the RI Business Data Hub, an interactive resource available to the public on the Department of State's website at http://sos.ri.gov/.

The RI Business Data Hub allows...

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 18:15:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Named to Executive Committee of National Election Security Group

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea has been elected by her peers to serve on the Executive Committee of the Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EI-ISAC). The announcement was made this afternoon during the group's quarterly call.

EI-ISAC is funded

Tue, 02 Apr 2019 20:30:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea to Rhode Islanders: Make Your Voices Heard in 2020 Census

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today encouraged all Rhode Islanders to take part in the upcoming 2020 United States census. As part of the "2020 Census Day of Action" event at the State House, Secretary Gorbea joined other state leaders to generate awareness of the census and...

Tue, 05 Mar 2019 17:45:00 GMT

Come explore the waterways of Providence at the Rhode Island State Archives

Providence, RI–Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea invites Rhode Islanders to come explore the evolution of waterways in Providence and the impacts of these changes over time at the Rhode Island State Archives exhibit: Waterways: Past and Present. The new exhibit uses historic maps, photographs,...

Wed, 27 Feb 2019 17:45:00 GMT

Five RI civic leaders receive the 2019 National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Medallion Award

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today recognized H. Philip West, Navyn Salem, Clifford Montiero, Community Angels, Inc. and Millennial RI with the 2019 NASS Medallion Award at a ceremony held this afternoon at the State House.

"I've long said that the best public policy...

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 21:45:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea introduces elections legislation for 2019

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea has put forth a legislative agenda that continues her nationally-recognized work to improve access to the ballot box and modernize elections in Rhode Island.

First, Secretary Gorbea will once again introduce early in-person voting legislation

Fri, 08 Feb 2019 22:00:00 GMT

Rhode Island named a finalist for National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) IDEAS Award

PROVIDENCE, RI – This week, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) named the Rhode Island Department of State as one of three finalists for the 2019 NASS IDEAS (Innovation, Dedication, Excellence, & Achievements in Service) Award.

Each year the NASS IDEAS Award recognizes...

Fri, 08 Feb 2019 21:00:00 GMT

Rhode Island State Librarian and Elections Director receive national recognition

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island State Librarian, Megan Hamlin-Black and Rhode Island Department of State Elections Director, Rob Rock recently received national recognition for their work in their respective fields.

Hamlin Black was recently selected as one of fifty librarians across the country...

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 15:45:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea highlights some of the more unique archival collections in latest exhibition series

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is showcasing some of the more unique and unexpected collections available at the Rhode Island State Archives through a new exhibition series called: "For the Record."

The first exhibition in this series is titled: "150 Years of Big Ideas in...

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:15:00 GMT

Secretary of State Gorbea announces dates for special election in Representative District 68

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced today that there will be a special election in Rep District 68 to fill the seat of Representative Kenneth Marshall on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Representative District 68 includes parts of Bristol and Warren.

"This morning we received...

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 16:15:00 GMT

Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea receives 2018 New American Hero Award

PROVIDENCE, RI – This week, New American Leaders honored Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea with the 2018 New American Hero Award for her work in improving access to the ballot box.

Each year the nonpartisan organization, which is focused on bringing New Americans into the political process,...

Wed, 21 Nov 2018 13:45:00 GMT

Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea released the following statement along with a letter sent in response to the Public Records request by Providence Journal Reporter, Paul Parker.

As Secretary of State, I have made government accountability and transparency a hallmark of my administration. The work we have done to modernize elections has greatly improved the quality of the information entrusted to my office by voters. Unfortunately, we live in a technological era...

Fri, 26 Oct 2018 18:15:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea provides Congressmen Langevin and Cicilline with an elections security update

PROVIDENCE, RI – October is National Cybersecurity Awareness month, and with less than two weeks until the November 6 general election, the topic of cybersecurity dominates elections discussions across the country. Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today met with U.S Representatives Jim Langevin...

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 17:30:00 GMT

Bilingual ballots to be used in Woonsocket

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is notifying Woonsocket voters that their ballot and voting materials will now be available in both English and Spanish for the November 6, 2018 General Election. Voter assistance for Spanish speaking voters will also be available on Election...

Thu, 11 Oct 2018 16:15:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea reminds voters to send in mail ballot applications

PROVIDENCE, RI - Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is reminding eligible voters looking to vote by mail in the November 6 general election that they have until October 16 to file their mail ballot application.

New and of note this year, voters casting their ballot by mail will not have to pay

Thu, 04 Oct 2018 17:30:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea celebrates American Archives Month with Traveling Treasures from the Rhode Island State Archives

PROVIDENCE, RI– October is American Archives Month and Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is highlighting the rich and diverse history of our state by sending treasures from the State Archives out to public libraries.

"Many Rhode Islanders don't realize how special and unique our history is or

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