State Government Press Releases

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04/11/2018
PROVIDENCE, RI Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today briefed political and civic leaders on improvements made in elections administration and cybersecurity ahead of the 2018 election season. "I am working to improve access to the ballot box while protecting the integrity of every vote,"
03/23/2018
"As Secretary of State improving access to the ballot-box and protecting the integrity of every vote are top priorities. Earlier today, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, that includes $380 million of Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funds, was signed into law by the President. This...
03/19/2018
PROVIDENCE, RI - Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea has released the official 2018 How to Run for Office Guide to assist those planning to run for elected office in Rhode Island. The guide provides would-be candidates with the necessary steps, deadlines, and eligibility requirements to run for...
02/12/2018
PROVIDENCE, RI Rhode Island is among 11 states receiving the highest grade for elections security in a new report published today by the Center for American Progress. The report, Elections Security in all 50 States Defending America's Elections, graded states on a number of indicators...
01/10/2018
PROVIDENCE, RI Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced today that there will be a special election in Senate District 8 to fill the seat of former Senator James E. Doyle, II on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Senate District 8 includes the city of Pawtucket. "I appreciate Senator Doyle's...
11/15/2017
PROVIDENCE, RI Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea recognized three individuals and two institutions with the 2017 NASS Medallion Award at a ceremony held this afternoon at the State House. State Senator Erin Lynch Prata of Warwick; Aram Garabedian of Cranston; Shanna Wells of West Warwick; the...
10/20/2017
PROVIDENCE, RI Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today, in collaboration with the State Board of Elections, convened over 100 local elections and IT officials for a Cybersecurity Summit at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. The three-hour forum highlighted national conversations...
09/28/2017
"We first received notice of Mr. Ken Block's complaint to the US Department of Justice at 10 a.m. this morning through the Providence Journal's reporting. His complaints are in response to changes in 2008 to the Board of Elections Rules and Regulations for voter registration. We have also been...
09/19/2017
PROVIDENCE, RI Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today appointed Melissa Husband as Deputy Secretary of State/Director of Administration. Husband steps into the position vacated by Melissa Long, recently confirmed as Superior Court Judge by the Rhode Island Senate. Husband joins the RI...
09/12/2017
"Today the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity met in New Hampshire. Part of their presentation included the erroneous claim that 30 percent of Rhode Island voters in 2016 are somehow illegitimate or not verified. This is a false characterization of eligible voters who are...