State Government Press Releases

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08/01/2017
PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today celebrated the passage of Automatic Voter Registration during a State House Library ceremony where Governor Raimondo signed the bill into law. Gorbea championed the legislation sponsored by Representatives David Coughlin, Jr. and Raymond...
07/19/2017
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...
06/30/2017
"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...
06/27/2017
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...
06/27/2017
"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...
06/09/2017
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 ...
05/31/2017
"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...
05/24/2017
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...
05/15/2017
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...
04/27/2017
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...