State Government Press Releases

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07/13/2021
"Today I echo the words of President Biden: "The power must always be with the people." Throughout my career I have worked to increase civic participation. As Rhode Island Secretary of State, I have enacted reforms and modernized elections to improve access to the ballot box for every eligible...
07/01/2021
"Your constitutional right to vote should never be affected by your zip code or the color of your skin. Today, the United States Supreme Court issued a deeply disappointing decision that weakens Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. This decision makes it increasingly difficult to legally challenge...
06/28/2021
PROVIDENCE, RI – Today Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea honored six Rhode Islanders with the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Medallion Award in a ceremony at the Rhode Island State House. The NASS Medallion Award is given annually by Secretaries of State to recognize...
06/13/2021
PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea and Attorney General Peter F. Neronha are warning Rhode Islanders of a series of scam text messages that have been reported this weekend, claiming to be from the Rhode Island Department of State. The scam messages encourage Rhode Islanders to...
06/10/2021
"Today the Rhode Island House of Representatives approved 2021-H 6042, a bill that will help ensure that our state remains a national leader in election security. This bill codifies many of our best practices during the incredibly successful 2020 election cycle and includes security measures such...
06/01/2021
PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea and the Rhode Island State Archives are excited to welcome the public into the new Archives location at 33 Broad Street in Providence on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning today. To celebrate this reopening, Secretary Gorbea and the...
05/27/2021
"Tonight the Rhode Island House of Representatives voted unanimously to approve H.6002 and the creation of the Rhode Island Semiquincentennial (RI 250th) Commission. This bill will allow our state to promote its unique role in the founding of our country and stimulate our local economy through...
05/21/2021
PROVIDENCE, RI – Today Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced that Department of State offices outside of the State House will fully reopen to the public on Tuesday, June 1. Previously, an appointment was required to access in-person services. This reopening includes the Business Services...
04/27/2021
PROVIDENCE, RI –Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is providing the following schedule for upcoming special elections to fill vacancies on the Providence City Council (Ward 15) and West Warwick Town Council (Ward 5). Potential candidates are encouraged to note that the declaration of candidacy...
04/26/2021
Today is a prime example of why community advocacy matters. Not only has Rhode Island retained our representation in Congress and our four Electoral College votes – we have also ensured our share of billions of dollars in federal funding each year. Thank you to the Rhode Island Complete Count...