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 1997.
"Having modern and reliable voting equipment is essential to ensuring fair, fast and accurate elections. This equipment is a fundamental part of the democratic process," Secretary Gorbea said. "To ensure that Rhode Islanders have the best, most cost-effective equipment it is important that we involve a diverse group of stakeholders in this process."
The first meeting of the Voting Equipment Task Force is scheduled for Thursday, July 30, 2015, at 4:00PM at the Center for Southeast Asians, 270 Elmwood Avenue, Providence. The meeting agenda is available via the Department of State's Open Meeting portal: sos.ri.gov/openmeetings.
The voting equipment task force includes:
Bob Cooper, Executive Secretary, Governor's Commission on Disabilities Bob Rapoza, Director of Elections, RI Board of Elections Brandon Bell, Chairman, RI Republican Party Channavy Chhay, Executive Director, Center for Southeast Asians Dale Holberton, Town Clerk, Town of South Kingstown Drew Milligan, Member, Millennial Professionals of RI Jane Koster, President, League of Women Voters RI Janet Ruggiero, Member, US Elections Assistance Commission Standards Board John Marion, Executive Director, Common Cause RI Jose Batista, President, RI Latino Civic Fund Joseph McNamara, Chairman, RI Democratic Party Kathleen Connell, Executive Director, AARP RI Kenneth McGill, Registrar, City of Pawtucket Louise Phaneuf, Town Clerk, Town of Burrillville Pilar McCloud, Executive Committee Member, NAACP Providence Renay Brooks Omisore, Commissioner, Providence Board of Canvassers Richard O'Neill, Clerk, City of Newport Canvassing Authority Steven Sepe, Registrar, City of Cranston Travis Escobar, President, Millennial Professionals of RI William Gilbert, Chairman, Moderate Party of RI