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Tue, 02 Apr 2019 20:30:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea to Rhode Islanders: Make Your Voices Heard in 2020 Census

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today encouraged all Rhode Islanders to take part in the upcoming 2020 United States census. As part of the "2020 Census Day of Action" event at the State House, Secretary Gorbea joined other state leaders to generate awareness of the census and...

Tue, 05 Mar 2019 17:45:00 GMT

Come explore the waterways of Providence at the Rhode Island State Archives

Providence, RI–Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea invites Rhode Islanders to come explore the evolution of waterways in Providence and the impacts of these changes over time at the Rhode Island State Archives exhibit: Waterways: Past and Present. The new exhibit uses historic maps, photographs,...

Wed, 27 Feb 2019 17:45:00 GMT

Five RI civic leaders receive the 2019 National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Medallion Award

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today recognized H. Philip West, Navyn Salem, Clifford Montiero, Community Angels, Inc. and Millennial RI with the 2019 NASS Medallion Award at a ceremony held this afternoon at the State House.

"I've long said that the best public policy...

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 21:45:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea introduces elections legislation for 2019

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea has put forth a legislative agenda that continues her nationally-recognized work to improve access to the ballot box and modernize elections in Rhode Island.

First, Secretary Gorbea will once again introduce early in-person voting legislation

Fri, 08 Feb 2019 22:00:00 GMT

Rhode Island named a finalist for National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) IDEAS Award

PROVIDENCE, RI – This week, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) named the Rhode Island Department of State as one of three finalists for the 2019 NASS IDEAS (Innovation, Dedication, Excellence, & Achievements in Service) Award.

Each year the NASS IDEAS Award recognizes...

Fri, 08 Feb 2019 21:00:00 GMT

Rhode Island State Librarian and Elections Director receive national recognition

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island State Librarian, Megan Hamlin-Black and Rhode Island Department of State Elections Director, Rob Rock recently received national recognition for their work in their respective fields.

Hamlin Black was recently selected as one of fifty librarians across the country...

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 15:45:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea highlights some of the more unique archival collections in latest exhibition series

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is showcasing some of the more unique and unexpected collections available at the Rhode Island State Archives through a new exhibition series called: "For the Record."

The first exhibition in this series is titled: "150 Years of Big Ideas in...

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:15:00 GMT

Secretary of State Gorbea announces dates for special election in Representative District 68

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced today that there will be a special election in Rep District 68 to fill the seat of Representative Kenneth Marshall on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Representative District 68 includes parts of Bristol and Warren.

"This morning we received...

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 16:15:00 GMT

Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea receives 2018 New American Hero Award

PROVIDENCE, RI – This week, New American Leaders honored Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea with the 2018 New American Hero Award for her work in improving access to the ballot box.

Each year the nonpartisan organization, which is focused on bringing New Americans into the political process,...

Wed, 21 Nov 2018 13:45:00 GMT

Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea released the following statement along with a letter sent in response to the Public Records request by Providence Journal Reporter, Paul Parker.

As Secretary of State, I have made government accountability and transparency a hallmark of my administration. The work we have done to modernize elections has greatly improved the quality of the information entrusted to my office by voters. Unfortunately, we live in a technological era...

Fri, 26 Oct 2018 18:15:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea provides Congressmen Langevin and Cicilline with an elections security update

PROVIDENCE, RI – October is National Cybersecurity Awareness month, and with less than two weeks until the November 6 general election, the topic of cybersecurity dominates elections discussions across the country. Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today met with U.S Representatives Jim Langevin...

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 17:30:00 GMT

Bilingual ballots to be used in Woonsocket

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is notifying Woonsocket voters that their ballot and voting materials will now be available in both English and Spanish for the November 6, 2018 General Election. Voter assistance for Spanish speaking voters will also be available on Election...

Thu, 11 Oct 2018 16:15:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea reminds voters to send in mail ballot applications

PROVIDENCE, RI - Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is reminding eligible voters looking to vote by mail in the November 6 general election that they have until October 16 to file their mail ballot application.

New and of note this year, voters casting their ballot by mail will not have to pay

Thu, 04 Oct 2018 17:30:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea celebrates American Archives Month with Traveling Treasures from the Rhode Island State Archives

PROVIDENCE, RI– October is American Archives Month and Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is highlighting the rich and diverse history of our state by sending treasures from the State Archives out to public libraries.

"Many Rhode Islanders don't realize how special and unique our history is or

Mon, 01 Oct 2018 19:00:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea reminds eligible voters October 7 registration deadline is almost here

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is reminding eligible Rhode Islanders that they have until Sunday, October 7 to register to vote in the November 6 general election. Voters who have moved or changed their names since they last voted are also reminded to update their information...

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 13:30:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea brings the history of voting alive with the latest State Archives exhibition

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is taking a look back at three centuries of voting with the latest exhibition opening at the Rhode Island State Archives entitled Voting in Rhode Island: 380 years of 'I voted'. The exhibition includes 19th and 20th century ballots and ballot...

Fri, 07 Sep 2018 12:45:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea announces preparations for the Wednesday, September 12 primary.

PROVIDENCE, RI – With the State Primary less than a week away, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today announced how state and local elections officials are working to improve access to the ballot box while protecting the integrity of every vote. Key among these efforts are collaborations with...

Thu, 30 Aug 2018 15:00:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea announces online business suite of tools for Rhode Island businesses

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today convened business leaders from around the state to highlight her new online suite of tools designed to make it easier for businesses to thrive and grow in Rhode Island. These tools include the new Rhode Island Code of Regulations(RICR) and...

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:00:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea reminds voters to send in mail ballot applications

PROVIDENCE, RI - Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is reminding those eligible voters looking to vote by mail ahead of the September 12 primary, that they have until August 22 to file their mail ballot application.

New and of note this year, voters casting their ballot by mail will not have...

Thu, 09 Aug 2018 12:45:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea reminds Rhode Islanders of important deadlines for September primaries

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is reminding eligible Rhode Islanders of two important deadlines for the September 12 primaries.

The first, quickly approaching date is the voter registration deadline on Monday, August 13. Eligible Rhode Islanders can go to vote.ri.gov to...

Wed, 08 Aug 2018 16:15:00 GMT

Statement by Secretary Gorbea regarding State Representative District 13 Ballot

John Carnevale to be removed from primary ballot.

"Today the Department of State has learned that state representative candidate for District 13, John Carnevale, pled no contest to a single felony count of perjury and received a sentence of five years suspended.

Given this information, and...

Mon, 30 Jul 2018 19:15:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea announces voter information events ahead of the September primaries

PROVIDENCE, RI - Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea will be hosting voter information events aimed at increasing awareness and voter participation. These events will provide an opportunity for eligible Rhode Island voters to update their voter registration information, obtain a free voter ID card,

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 22:15:00 GMT

Statement by Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea on the President's remarks regarding Russia and the 2016 elections.

"Today, the President chose to ignore the opinion of the United States intelligence community in his assessment of Russia's attempted interference in the 2016 elections.

As Rhode Island's Secretary of State and Chief State Election official, I have attended multiple briefings by U.S....

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 20:15:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea reminds candidates to file Declaration of Candidacy

PROVIDENCE, RI - Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is reminding those looking to run for office in the State of Rhode Island that they must officially file a Declaration of Candidacy form on June 25, 26, or 27 by 4 p.m. in order to be eligible to appear on this year's ballot.

"As Secretary of...

Tue, 12 Jun 2018 18:15:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea reminds registered voters of disaffiliation deadline

PROVIDENCE, RI - Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is reminding registered voters to visit vote.ri.gov by Thursday, June 14 and check their party affiliation. June 14 is the party disaffiliation deadline for the September 12 primary.

"I want to make sure that every registered voter has the...

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