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Secretary of State Ralph Mollis Asks Companies to Host Voter Registration Drives

PROVIDENCE, RI – With just 10 days left before the Oct. 2 deadline to register to vote in November's election, Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis will visit Cox Communications Wed., Sept. 22, to kick off a final push to encourage companies to host voter registration drives.

"We want to make it easier for Rhode Islanders to register. Our "Voters in the Workplace" initiative meets the needs of employers and workers by moving voter registration to the factory floor and the main office," said Mollis.

The lunch-time voter registration drive at Cox will give hundreds of workers at the West Warwick telecommunications company the opportunity to register to vote for the first-time or to re-register if they have moved or changed their name since the last time they voted.

First launched in 2008, "Voters in the Workplace" encourages companies to host voter registration drives, post links to voter registration forms on their intranets, display voter-registration posters and distribute broadcast email to their employees.

“We supply everything companies need to offer this benefit to their associates,” said Mollis. Most of the drives are held in cafeterias or other gathering spaces in the workplace.

Under state law, Rhode Islanders must register at least 30 days before an election in order to be eligible to vote. Oct. 2 is 30 days before the Nov. 2 election. In order to register, you must be at least 18 years old by Election Day, a resident of Rhode Island and a U.S. citizen.

Companies that are interested in more information about "Voters in the Workplace" should contact pcaranci@sos.ri.gov or 222-1035.

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Department or agency: Office of the Secretary of State

Online: http://www.sos.ri.gov/

Release date: 09-21-2010

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