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Secretary Gorbea bringing new voting machines to Rhode Island voters

PROVIDENCE, RI Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea will give voters a test drive of their new voting machines in a series of voter outreach events throughout Rhode Island. Voters across the state will cast their votes with the new voting equipment starting with the September 13 Primary election. The voter outreach events give Rhode Islanders the opportunity to preview and interact with the machines ahead of the elections this fall.

The voting machines feature an enhanced user interface and utilize wireless connectivity that allows for faster results reporting on election night. While voters will be casting familiar paper ballots, a newly cleaned up ballot design now has voters filling in an oval rather than connecting an arrow.

"When I ran for office, I pledged to Rhode Islanders that I would utilize the latest technology to modernize elections in our state. I'm pleased to make good on that promise," Secretary Gorbea said. "By updating our voting equipment, we are updating Democracy's infrastructure. I'm sending the new machines out to Rhode Island voters so that they know how to use them on Election Day."

Rhode Islanders can use the new equipment at voter outreach events detailed below. Department of State Elections staff will also be available to give eligible Rhode Islanders the opportunity to register to vote or update their voter registration information using the state's new Online Voter Registration portal at

Friday, September 02, 2016 12:30 PM - Leon Mathieu Senior Center, 420 Main St., Pawtucket

Tuesday, September 06, 2016 10:00 AM - St. Martin De Porres Senior Center, 160 Cranston St., Providence

Thursday, September 08, 2016 11:00 AM - Johnston Senior Center, 1291 Hartford Ave., Johnston

Friday, September 09, 2016 11:00 AM - Pilgrim Senior Center, 27 Pilgrim Pkwy., Warwick

Saturday, September 10, 2016 11:00 AM - Voterpalozza, 40 South Main St., Woonsocket

Sunday, September 11, 2016 12:30 PM - Bethel AME Church, 30 Rochambeau Ave., Providence

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 11:30 AM -Edward King House, 35 King St., Newport

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 11:30 AM - Park Holm Senior Center, 1 Parkholm, Newport

Saturday, September 24, 2016 10:00 AM - Exeter Library, 773 Ten Rod Road (Rt 102), Exeter

Saturday, September 24, 2016 3:00 PM - West Greenwich Town Hall, 280 Victory Highway , West Greenwich

Thursday, October 06, 2016 11:00 AM - Westerly Senior Center, 39 State St, Westerly

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 6:00 PM - Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., Newport

On July 21, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced the purchase of 590 new voting machines manufactured by Nebraska-based Elections Systems and Software to replace the previous machines that date back to 1997. Additionally, city and town boards of canvassers will receive ballot on-demand printers that will not only ensure that there is never a shortage of ballots at any polling place, while reducing waste associated with printing too many ballots. For more information about this year's elections, visit or call (401) 222-2340.

Media contact: Nicole Lagace (401) 330-3180

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  • Release date: 08-03-2016

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