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Tue, 03 May 2016 13:30:00 GMT

Statement by Secretary of State Gorbea on Appointments to the State Board of Elections

"I am pleased with Governor Raimondo's appointment of Diane Mederos and Isadore Ramos to the State Board of Elections. I have already reached out to Ms. Mederos and Mr. Ramos to congratulate them and offer the assistance of the Department of State in whatever they need. Upon confirmation by the...

Mon, 02 May 2016 19:45:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea celebrates Rhode Island Independence Day with May "Treasures from the Archives"

PROVIDENCE, RI – This month, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea will mark the 240th anniversary of Rhode Island's independence with the Treasures from the Archives exhibition series. The original handwritten Act passed by the Rhode Island Colony's General Assembly on May 4, 1776 will be on...

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 19:15:00 GMT

Where to vote on Tuesday?

Secretary Gorbea urges voters to confirm polling locations and times at sos.ri.gov/vic

PROVIDENCE, RI – Thousands of Rhode Islanders will vote on Tuesday, April 26, to elect delegates to the Democratic and Republican National Conventions and to signal their choice for either party's Presidential

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:15:00 GMT

New Mobile Voter Information Center Makes Finding Polling Locations Faster and Easier

Secretary Gorbea Encourages Voters to Check their Polling Locations Ahead of the Presidential Preference Primary

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced a new mobile tool available to help voters on Election Day (sos.ri.gov/vic). Eligible voters can now easily check...

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 12:45:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Lauds Supreme Court's Decision on Evenwel v. Abbott

PROVIDENCE, RI – "It is great to see the Supreme Court of the United States uphold one of the core principles of American democracy – equal representation. As Rhode Island Secretary of State, I applaud the Court's unanimous verdict and share the Court's interpretation as stated by Justice Ginsburg

Mon, 04 Apr 2016 20:30:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea announces "Treasures from the Archives" on display in the State House Library

PROVIDENCE, RI – A new "pop up" exhibit series at the State House Library will highlight the exceptional holdings of the Rhode Island State Archives. Exhibitions of three to five items will be on view for approximately four weeks at a time. These will include historic photographs, documents, and...

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 21:00:00 GMT

Statement by Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea on the passage of Online Voter Registration Bill

Today, the General Assembly voted, by an overwhelming majority, to approve the Online Voter Registration Bill (S.2513 and H.7024).

Secretary Gorbea acknowledged lawmakers for passage of the bill. "This legislation will make it easier for citizens to register to vote and update their voter...

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 15:00:00 GMT

Department of State Summer Fellowship program accepting applications

The Rhode Island Department of State is now accepting applications for the 2016 Summer Fellowship Program. The program provides a unique opportunity for college students to gain practical experience and knowledge about the daily operations of the Department of State and its divisions.

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Mon, 21 Mar 2016 20:00:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Launches Absentee Ballot Tool for Out of State Voters

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea has launched a new feature at sos.ri.gov to make it easier for those voters who are registered in another state, but currently living in Rhode Island, to cast their votes. The Out of State Voter Page links those voters directly to information...

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 20:30:00 GMT

Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea Reminds Residents of March 27 Voter Registration Deadline

PROVIDENCE, RI- Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is reminding Rhode Islanders that they have until Sunday, March 27, to register to vote in the April 26 Presidential Preference Primary.

Although the deadline falls on a Sunday, every city and town has made arrangements for residents to...

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 21:00:00 GMT

Statement by Secretary of State Gorbea on Senate passage of Online Voter Registration Bill

"Today, the Rhode Island Senate voted to approve the Online Voter Registration Bill (S.2513). This legislation will make it easier for citizens to register to vote and update their voter information by allowing them to do so online. I thank Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed, the bill's sponsors,...

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 21:00:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea to host voter outreach events ahead of the Presidential Preference Primary

PROVIDENCE, RI - Before Rhode Islanders go to the polls on April 26 for the Presidential Preference Primary, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea will be hosting a number of voter outreach events aimed at increasing awareness and voter participation. The event will provide an opportunity for...

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 13:30:00 GMT

Secretary of State Gorbea Announces Results to the Presidential Primary Ballot Lottery

PROVIDENCE, RI - Through the use of equipment provided by the state lottery, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced the order in which candidates will appear on the ballot for the April 26 Presidential Preference Primary.

After being selected for first draw, Republican Presidential...

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 13:45:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Announces Rhode Island's Field of Presidential Delegate Candidates

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today announced that 166 Rhode Islanders gathered the required signatures to qualify to run as presidential delegates in the state's April 26 Presidential Preference Primary (PPP). This number is higher than the 119 delegates who qualified in...

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 13:45:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Announces 189 Rhode Islanders File to Run for Presidential Delegate in April Presidential Preference Primary

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today announced that nearly 190 Rhode Islanders have filed to run for presidential delegate in the state's April 26 presidential preference primary. (See attached spreadsheet.) This number is higher than the 135 delegates filed in 2012, but lower

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 21:45:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Announces Candidates Qualified For Rhode Island Presidential Preference Primary

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today announced the 16 presidential candidates who have qualified for the April 26th Rhode Island Presidential Preference Primary.

Those candidates are: Hillary Clinton (D), Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente (D), Bernie Sanders (D), Mark Stewart (D)

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 21:45:00 GMT

Statement by Secretary of State Gorbea on House passage of Online Voter Registration Bill

"Today, the House of Representatives voted to approve the Online Voter Registration Bill. This legislation will make it easier for citizens to register to vote and update their voter information by allowing them to do so online. I thank Speaker Mattiello, the bill's sponsors, Representatives...

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 20:30:00 GMT

Preserving history at the State House

Secretary Gorbea holds rededication ceremony for the State House Charter Museum.

Providence, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea celebrated the rededication of the State House Charter Museum. Over 50 members from the community including elected officials and history enthusiasts attended a...

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:15:00 GMT

Secretary Gorbea Announces Redesign of Department of State Website


PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today announced the launch of a redesigned Department of State website (www.sos.ri.gov). The new website, created entirely through in-house efforts, offers a straightforward interface that will make it easier for Rhode Islanders to quickly...

Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:45:00 GMT

Nineteen candidates file statement of intent for Presidential Preference Primary

PROVIDENCE, RI – A total of 19 candidates have filed the required statement of intent form with the Department of State as a first step towards appearing on the ballot in the Presidential Preference Primary scheduled for April 26th. The deadline for filing a statement of intent was today at noon.

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