State Government Press Releases

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08/31/2015
Each year, Secretaries of State across the U.S. celebrate National Voter Registration Month during the month of September. Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is working with Rhode Island's federal, state and local leaders to promote state resources that are available to help with the...
08/19/2015
A Special Election for South Kingstown Town Council will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is reminding voters in South Kingstown that the deadline to register to vote in this election is Sunday, August 23. State law requires voters to be registered at...
08/14/2015
Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea has been appointed to lead the National Association of Secretaries of States' Standing Committee on Voter Participation for the 2015-2016 cycle. Gorbea will co-chair the committee with Secretary of State John Merrill of Alabama. The NASS Voter Participation...
08/06/2015
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today hosted a bill signing ceremony on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act to mark the passage of legislation (S 999 and H 6312) authorizing the Secretary of State to purchase modern voting equipment and software. "Fifty years ago today,...
07/29/2015
First meeting to take place Thursday, July 30, at 4:00PM Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea has convened a Voting Equipment Task Force that will help inform the Department of State's process for researching and acquiring new voting equipment. The existing voting equipment has been in use since...
07/22/2015
"I am excited that the Rhode Island Department of State has been awarded a $35 thousand grant from the Knight Foundation's Knight Prototype Fund to explore new and innovative ways to increase voter participation among younger Rhode Islanders. The Rhode Island Department of State is dedicated to...
06/30/2015
Voters in North Smithfield will head to the polls on Tuesday, July 7, for a Special Election to fill a vacancy on the Town Council. On Thursday, July 2, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea will host a voter outreach event in North Smithfield aimed at increasing awareness and voter participation.
06/17/2015
"Today, the House of Representatives voted, by an overwhelming majority, to approve the Voting and Elections Modernization Act. This legislation will make it easier for citizens to register to vote and update their voter information, and it will improve the accuracy and integrity of Rhode Island'...
06/10/2015
"I want to thank Chairman Keable and the members of the House Judiciary Committee for recommending passage of H 6051 Sub A, the Voting and Elections Modernization Act of 2015, yesterday. This legislation, sponsored by Representatives Regunberg, Handy, Keable, Blazejewski and Barros, empowers Rhode...
06/03/2015
Voters in House District 33, which includes parts of Narragansett and South Kingstown, will head to the polls on Tuesday, June 9, for a Special Election to elect a new State Representative. This Friday, June 5, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea will host voter outreach events aimed at increasing...