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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-...
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...
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
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
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.
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
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
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...
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
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...
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
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...
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,...
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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
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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