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Mon, 21 Nov 2016 20:00:00 GMT

State Archives exhibition chronicles the history of Rhode Island's First Nations

PROVIDENCE, RI – "What cheer, Netop." The famous greeting of the Narragansett to Roger Williams along the shore of the Seekonk River in 1636 still resonates throughout the Ocean State today. A new exhibition at the Rhode Island State Archives, entitled "First Nations who helped form Rhode Island"...

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 21:00:00 GMT

Five RI civic leaders receive the 2016 National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Medallion Award

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea recognized two individuals and three institutions with the 2016 NASS Medallion Award at a ceremony held this afternoon at the State House.

State Senator Harold M. Metts of Providence; Ani Haroian of Providence; DominicanosUSA; Generation...

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:45:00 GMT

Secretary of State Gorbea convenes roundtable discussion on elections integrity

PROVIDENCE, RI – Fifteen Rhode Island political and civic leaders joined Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea for a roundtable discussion on elections integrity this morning in the State House library. The diverse group discussed voting equipment security safeguards, the integrity of the state's...

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:00:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea to hold mock Presidential Elections in area schools; encourages all students to participate online in the National Student/Parent Mock Election Program

PROVIDENCE, RI - Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is collaborating with the National Student/Parent Mock Election Program to hold mock Presidential Elections at schools across Rhode Island in an effort to educate youth about this important civic duty. Students have the opportunity to cast a...

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 14:45:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Urgently Reminds Rhode Islanders of October 9 Voter Registration Deadline

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is reminding Rhode Islanders that they have until Sunday, October 9 to register to vote for the November 8 general election.

"The easiest way to register or update your registration is to go to vote.ri.gov and use our online portal," Secretary

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:00:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea releases newly designed 2016 Voter Information Handbook

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea has released a newly designed Voter Information Handbook to help prepare Rhode Island voters for the November 8 General Election. The 2016 edition includes information on the elimination of straight party voting; illustrations of voting...

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 18:15:00 GMT

Be prepared to be a voter September 13

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is reminding Rhode Island voters to be prepared for the state primaries scheduled for Tuesday, September 13. Voters should use the Department of State's Voter Information Center (VIC) at vote.ri.gov to find their polling place and preview their...

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,...

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