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Secretary of State Gorbea to mark National Voter Registration Month during September

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 registration process in preparation for the 2016 Presidential Preference Primary and increase Rhode Islanders' civic participation.

"The right to vote is the most important right granted to our citizens. It is the foundation of our democratic process," Gorbea said. "As Secretary of State I am dedicated to engaging and empowering all Rhode Islanders. The first step is to ensure that everyone who is eligible to vote is registered. National Voter Registration Month is a great opportunity for everyone to help get more Rhode Islanders involved."

Since taking office in January, Secretary Gorbea has been focused on increasing voter education and participation in our state. She has introduced legislation to improve the integrity of the state's voter rolls and enable Rhode Islanders to securely register to vote online, has held voter information events across the state and is currently leading efforts to purchase state-of-the-art voting equipment.

The nation's Secretaries of State established September as National Voter Registration Month in 2002 as a non-partisan means of encouraging voter participation and increasing awareness about state requirements and deadlines for voting.

To register to vote in Rhode Island, please visit: or call (401) 222-2340.


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  • Release date: 08-31-2015

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