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In observance of Victory Day, our office and call center will be closed on Monday, August 10, 2020. Operations will resume on Tuesday, August 11 at 8:30 AM.

En observación al Dia de Conmemoración el Día de la Victoria, nuestra oficina y nuestro centro de llamadas estarán cerradas el lunes, 10 de agosto de 2020. Nuestros servicios normales se reanudarán el martes 11 de agosto a las 8:30 am.

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News and Events

Sat, 08 Aug 2020 01:30:00 GMT

Statement by Secretary Gorbea on 1st Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling

"Today is another victory for voting rights and the safety of Rhode Islanders. I thank the United States Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit for upholding the removal of Rhode Island's burdensome requirement that voters obtain two witnesses or a notary to vote by mail during the pandemic, and for...

Thu, 06 Aug 2020 16:15:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea, Drag Out the Vote Announce Partnership to Engage and Empower Rhode Islanders

PROVIDENCE, RI – With the September 8 primary and November 3 general election fast approaching, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is proud to announce a partnership with Drag Out the Vote to educate and register voters in Rhode Island.

Drag Out the Vote is a nonpartisan, nonprofit...

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 17:00:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Reminds Rhode Islanders of August 9 Voter Registration Deadline

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is reminding Rhode Islanders that they have until Sunday, August 9, to register to vote or update their voter information for the September 8 statewide primary election. Rhode Islanders can check their voter registration status by using the...

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 16:45:00 GMT

Statement by Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea on President Trump's Disinformation about Elections

"President Trump's Twitter attack on elections is a blatant attempt to undermine Americans' faith in our democracy. Voting from home is a safe and secure option, especially during this pandemic – full stop."

-Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea

Tue, 28 Jul 2020 23:15:00 GMT

Statement by Secretary Gorbea on Federal Court Ruling to Suspend Witness/Notary Requirement to Vote by Mail

"As long as I am Secretary of State, I will fight to protect Rhode Island voters. Today's ruling is a victory for voting rights and public health. I thank the Court for delivering this decision in a timely manner.

I am appalled that the Republican National Committee is actively working to...

Thu, 23 Jul 2020 13:00:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Named to Executive Board Of National Association of Secretaries of State

Washington, D.C. — Members of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) have elected Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea to the Executive Board of the association. She will serve a one-year term as Eastern Region Vice-President. The election took place at the 2020 NASS...

Fri, 17 Jul 2020 18:15:00 GMT

Statement by Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea on Mail Ballot Applications for September 8 Primary

"Rhode Island voters deserve a clear answer on this issue; my office will not be sending mail ballot applications to all voters for the September 8 primary. The lack of timely and unified action on this issue, as well as Rhode Island's burdensome requirement for voters to have two witnesses or a...

Fri, 17 Jul 2020 00:45:00 GMT

Statement by Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea on Fall Elections Bills

"As an advocate of early in-person voting since taking office in 2015, I am pleased to see the General Assembly passed legislation that will allow Rhode Islanders to securely cast their ballots into a voting machine at their city or town hall up to 20 days before an election. This measure will...

Tue, 14 Jul 2020 12:30:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Announces New Home for State Archives, Preserving Rhode Island History

PROVIDENCE, RI – Today Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced that the Rhode Island State Archives and its historic collections will be moving to a new home at 33 Broad Street in Providence. This facility represents a major upgrade in the preservation and protection of Rhode Island's...

Thu, 09 Jul 2020 23:15:00 GMT

Task Force Releases Recommendations for Safe and Secure Fall Elections in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RI – Thursday, an elections task force consisting of state and local elections officials and members of the public released a series of recommendations to ensure that Rhode Island voters can cast their ballots in a safe and secure manner this fall.

Co-chaired by Secretary of State...

Mon, 29 Jun 2020 15:45:00 GMT

Elections Task Force to Review Presidential Primary and Prepare for Fall Elections

PROVIDENCE, RI – On Wednesday, July 1, at 11 a.m., an Elections Task Force consisting of state and local elections officials and members of the public will review Rhode Island's June 2 Presidential Primary and assess actions required to ensure safe and secure elections in the fall.

The Task...

Thu, 25 Jun 2020 20:00:00 GMT

Statement from Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea on Today's U.S. District Court Decision Regarding Nomination Signatures

"Today's ruling takes key steps to protect the health of candidates and voters during a pandemic. The decision also allows candidates for public office in Rhode Island to gather and submit nomination signatures in a manner that adheres to cybersecurity best practices.

I thank the election...

Tue, 26 May 2020 11:30:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea to Rhode Islanders: Vote from Home this Week

PROVIDENCE, RI – This week, thousands of Rhode Island voters will cast their ballots from home in the state's June 2 Presidential Primary election. Voters will be electing delegates to the Democratic and Republican National Conventions and signaling their choice for either party's Presidential...

Wed, 13 May 2020 17:15:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Reminds Rhode Islanders of May 19 Mail Ballot Application Deadline

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is reminding Rhode Islanders that they have until Tuesday, May 19, to submit mail ballot applications for the June 2 Presidential Primary. For the safety of voters and poll workers, Rhode Island's Presidential Primary will be a mostly mail ballot

Tue, 12 May 2020 19:45:00 GMT

MEDIA ADVISORY: Secretary Gorbea to Moderate Panel on Voting During COVID-19

Providence, RI – With Rhode Island's June 2 Presidential Primary election approaching, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea will moderate a panel on Facebook Live on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 2 p.m. to address frequently asked questions about voting during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the safety of...

Thu, 30 Apr 2020 20:30:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Reminds Rhode Islanders of May 3 Voter Registration Deadline

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is reminding Rhode Islanders that they have until Sunday, May 3, to register to vote or update their voter information for the June 2 Presidential Primary. Rhode Islanders can check their voter registration status by using the Department of State'

Fri, 24 Apr 2020 18:15:00 GMT

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

PROVIDENCE, RI – This week, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea began sending all registered Rhode Island voters a mail ballot application for the upcoming June 2 presidential primary. This process will have two major benefits for Rhode Island. First, it ensures that eligible voters can cast their...

Fri, 17 Apr 2020 18:30:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Again Named to National Election Security Leadership Role

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

Mon, 06 Apr 2020 17:15:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Announces Remote Online Notarization To Enable Business to Continue During COVID-19 Emergency

Providence, RI – Today, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced an agreement with Governor Gina Raimondo that enables Remote Online Notarization to be permitted on a temporary basis. Remote Online Notarization will allow individuals to honor social distancing guidelines from the Centers for...

Mon, 30 Mar 2020 18:45:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Announces New Deadlines For Rhode Island Presidential Preference Primary

Providence, RI – Today Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced new deadlines for Rhode Island's Presidential Preference Primary, which was delayed to June 2 due to health concerns regarding the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

"To ensure that all Rhode Islanders can cast a ballot in a safe

Mon, 23 Mar 2020 18:30:00 GMT

Statement from Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea on Governor Gina Raimondo's Executive Order Moving Rhode Island's Presidential Preference Primary to June 2

I applaud Governor Raimondo's efforts to protect the health of Rhode Island voters and election workers, and I thank her for her leadership during this challenging time.

A predominantly mail ballot election will ensure that all eligible Rhode Islanders can cast a ballot in a safe and secure...

Mon, 16 Mar 2020 12:45:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Updates Operations to Prevent Coronavirus / COVID-19 Transmission in Rhode Island

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To continue protecting the health and safety of the Rhode Island Department of State's customers, employees and the general public, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is announcing or extending the following policies, effective...

Thu, 12 Mar 2020 13:30:00 GMT

Making Government Work Better for Businesses: Secretary Gorbea Launches New Website

Providence, RI – Today Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced the launch of the Rhode Island Department of State's new Business Services website at http://sos.ri.gov/. The new website streamlines content to be more relevant and user-friendly, making it easier to start, maintain and grow a...

Thu, 05 Mar 2020 20:00:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Hosts 60 New England Census Organizers for Training Event

Providence, RI –Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea hosted a free training session for more than 60 census organizers from across New England today at the Rhode Island State House. The event featured several workshops for groups and individuals planning census outreach and education efforts in...

Tue, 03 Mar 2020 20:15:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea to Host New England Census Training Event

Providence, RI – With Census 2020 right around the corner, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is co-hosting a free training session for census organizers on Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Rhode Island State House Library. The event will feature several workshops for groups...

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