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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...

Thu, 27 Feb 2020 14:45:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Reminds Rhode Islanders of Two Upcoming Special Elections

Providence, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea reminds Rhode Island voters that there are two special elections scheduled next week on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

One special election is for Representative in General Assembly District 56, which includes the city of Central Falls. Polling place

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 15:30:00 GMT

Rhode Island Director of Elections Named Chair of National Non-Profit Tasked with Voter Roll Accuracy

Providence, RI – Rob Rock, Rhode Island's Director of Elections under Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea, has been elected as the Chair of the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC).

ERIC is a bipartisan, non-profit organization made up of 29 states and the District of Columbia that

Thu, 06 Feb 2020 18:30:00 GMT

Gorbea Brings New Transparency to Government with Lobbying and Legislation Data Exploration Tool

Providence, RI – Today Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced a new era of accountability and transparency in Rhode Island government with the launch of the Lobbying and Legislation Data Exploration Tool.

The Data Exploration Tool is an interactive resource available to the public on the

Mon, 06 Jan 2020 18:00:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Celebrates 100 Years of Women's Suffrage in Rhode Island

Providence, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea hosted a ceremony today to recognize the 100th anniversary of Rhode Island's ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted American women the right to vote.

Secretary Gorbea was joined in the State House Library by prominent female...

Tue, 17 Dec 2019 21:00:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Announces Special Election Dates for Representative District 56

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced today that there will be a special election for Representative in General Assembly District 56 to fill the seat of Representative Shelby Maldonado. The special election will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Representative District 56...

Mon, 16 Dec 2019 13:45:00 GMT

New Central Voter Registration System Brings Major Upgrades to RI Elections

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea has announced the successful launch of Rhode Island's new Central Voter Registration System (CVRS). The CVRS is a computer database that houses the state's list of registered voters and acts as Rhode Island's candidate management system. The new...

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

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