State Government Press Releases

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05/14/2018
PROVIDENCE, RI Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today presented her recommendations on how to best protect the security of elections in Rhode Island with the $3 million of Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funding allocated to the state. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 allocated $380...
05/11/2018
PROVIDENCE, RI - Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today honored local high school students with the 2018 Rhode Island Civic Leadership Award. The award is given annually at a State House Ceremony to high school juniors who have made outstanding contributions to their schools and communities...
05/07/2018
The Elections Division at the Rhode Island Department of State, in cooperation with the State Board of Elections, is offering five How to Run for Office seminars to current and potential candidates to learn the ins and outs of getting their names on the ballot this election season. Elections...
04/30/2018
Twenty-three Rhode Island political and civic leaders joined Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea for a discussion on the appropriation of $3 million in elections-related Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funding provided by the signing of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. "As Secretary of...
03/23/2018
"As Secretary of State improving access to the ballot-box and protecting the integrity of every vote are top priorities. Earlier today, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, that includes $380 million of Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funds, was signed into law by the President. This...
03/19/2018
PROVIDENCE, RI - Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea has released the official 2018 How to Run for Office Guide to assist those planning to run for elected office in Rhode Island. The guide provides would-be candidates with the necessary steps, deadlines, and eligibility requirements to run for...
01/10/2018
PROVIDENCE, RI Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced today that there will be a special election in Senate District 8 to fill the seat of former Senator James E. Doyle, II on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Senate District 8 includes the city of Pawtucket. "I appreciate Senator Doyle's...
11/15/2017
PROVIDENCE, RI Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea recognized three individuals and two institutions with the 2017 NASS Medallion Award at a ceremony held this afternoon at the State House. State Senator Erin Lynch Prata of Warwick; Aram Garabedian of Cranston; Shanna Wells of West Warwick; the...
10/20/2017
PROVIDENCE, RI Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today, in collaboration with the State Board of Elections, convened over 100 local elections and IT officials for a Cybersecurity Summit at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. The three-hour forum highlighted national conversations...
09/28/2017
"We first received notice of Mr. Ken Block's complaint to the US Department of Justice at 10 a.m. this morning through the Providence Journal's reporting. His complaints are in response to changes in 2008 to the Board of Elections Rules and Regulations for voter registration. We have also been...