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Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:30:00 GMT

Rhode Island becomes ninth state to enact Automatic Voter Registration

PROVIDENCE, RI –Rhode Island is now the ninth state in the country to enact Automatic Voter Registration (AVR). Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea lauded Governor Gina Raimondo for signing AVR into law:

"I promised Rhode Islanders that I would work to ensure that elections in our state are...

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 18:00:00 GMT

Statement by Secretary Gorbea on the U.S. Department of Justice and Kobach Commission Requests

"Our office has received two requests dated June 28, 2017 for voter registration information. One request is from the U.S. Department of Justice – Civil Rights Division asking for "information regarding the State's procedures for compliance with statewide voter registration list maintenance...

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:15:00 GMT

Secretary of State Gorbea leading efforts to clean up state voter rolls

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced today key measures that will clean up Rhode Island's voter rolls. "When I ran for Secretary of State, I told Rhode Islanders that having clean voter lists was critical to preserving the integrity of our elections and ensure that...

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:45:00 GMT

Statement by Secretary Gorbea on Appointment of Melissa A. Long to Superior Court

"Melissa Long is a devoted public servant who has decades of legal and administrative experience working to improve the lives of Rhode Islanders. I am grateful for her thoughtfulness and leadership as Deputy Secretary of State and know that our state will benefit from her temperament and deep...

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 20:30:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Announces 7 Rhode Islanders File to Run for Senate District 13

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today announced that 7 Rhode Islanders have filed to run for Senate District 13. They are:

Michael Smith, Republican
David Allard, Democrat
Dawn Euer, Democrat
John Florez, Democrat
David Hanos Jr., Democrat
Kimberly Ripoli, Independent...

Wed, 31 May 2017 20:45:00 GMT

Statement by Secretary of State Gorbea on House Passage of Automatic Voter Registration Bill

"Today, the Rhode Island House of Representatives voted 74-0 to approve Automatic Voter Registration in Rhode Island (H.5702), a bill that will allow eligible citizens to be automatically registered to vote as they interact with the DMV. Automatic Voter Registration will help reduce the bloat in...

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:15:00 GMT

Secretary of State Gorbea announces dates for special election in Providence Ward 3

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced today that there will be a special election in Providence Ward 3 to fill the seat of former City Councilperson Kevin Jackson on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

"We are working closely with the Board of Elections and the Providence Board

Mon, 15 May 2017 15:45:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea announces new exhibition at the State Archives

Over There, Over Here – Rhode Islanders in the Great War

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea has opened Over There, Over Here – Rhode Islanders in the Great War. The exhibition is the second in her four-part series exploring how activism in Rhode Island has shaped our history...

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:45:00 GMT

Secretary of State Gorbea releases Elections Administration Recommendations Report

Elections Task Force has identified ways to improve elections systems in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today released a report of recommendations (see attached) to improve elections systems in Rhode Island. The report is the result of an Elections Task Force...

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:30:00 GMT

Secretary of State Gorbea sets dates for special election in Senate District 13

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced today that there will be a special election in Senate District 13 to fill the seat of former Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. Senate District 13 includes parts of Newport and Jamestown.

"I...

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:30:00 GMT

Secretary of State Gorbea convenes final meeting of Elections Task Force

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today convened the third and final meeting of her Elections Task Force made up of state and local elections officials along with Rhode Island voters. The task force has heard from national experts on best practices in elections administration and

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 19:00:00 GMT

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY OF STATE NELLIE M. GORBEA

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY OF STATE NELLIE M. GORBEA

Earlier today, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung held a press conference where he described alleged voter irregularities that took place in his city during the November Election. The law is clear: only U.S. citizens are eligible to vote and you can only...

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:45:00 GMT

Secretary of State Gorbea convenes Elections Task Force

Group will identify ways to improve election systems in Rhode Island.

WARWICK, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today convened the first of three meetings of her Elections Task Force. The task force, made up of state and local elections officials along with Rhode Island voters, is...

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 17:15:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea announces new exhibition – Bullets and Bulletins: African American Activism in Civil War Era Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RI – To help commemorate Black History Month, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today opened Bullets and Bulletins: African American Activism in Civil War Era Rhode Island. The exhibition is the first of a four-part series that will explore how activism in Rhode Island has shaped our...

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 15:00:00 GMT

Statement by Secretary of State Gorbea on Unsubstantiated Claims of Voter Fraud

"As Rhode Island's Secretary of State, I am working hard to ensure that our elections are fair, fast and accurate. Over the past two years Rhode Island has taken steps to improve the security of our voting systems so that Rhode Island voters can trust the integrity of every vote. We continue to...

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 19:00:00 GMT

Rhode Island's Electoral College Votes for Clinton and Kaine

PROVIDENCE, RI – Today, Rhode Island's Electoral College convened to cast their votes for president and vice president. The four Presidential Electors – Representative Grace Diaz, Frank J. Montanaro, Herbert Claiborne Pell, and L. Susan Weiner – cast their votes for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.

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...

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