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Voting & Elections 12.4.2020

Blueprint for a Great Democracy – Reimagining Elections

Common Cause Rhode Island is sponsoring a free, online event to gather Rhode Islanders’ perspectives on changes to how the state holds its elections. Members of the public and the media are welcome to join on Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 7:00 pm.

Voting & Elections 11.19.2020

Blueprint for a Great Democracy

Common Cause Rhode Island is sponsoring two free, online events to gather Rhode Islanders’ perspectives on changes to: how government bodies hold public meetings; and how the state holds its elections.

Voting & Elections 11.2.2020

Election Protection Volunteers Will Be at the Polls to Help Rhode Island Voters

Voters can also call nonpartisan hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE. On Tuesday, voters who have questions or encounter problems can get help from trained volunteers who are part of the nation’s largest and longest-running nonpartisan voter assistance program.

Voting & Elections 09.24.2020

Voting Access Coalition Calls for Executive Order to Count Ballots Mailed by Election Day, Received by November 6

A coalition of 20 community and voting rights groups called for Governor Gina M. Raimondo to issue an executive order allowing the state Board of Elections to count ballots that are postmarked by November 3rd and received by November 6th, and to count any ballots received by mail that arrive on November 4th.

Voting & Elections 08.13.2020

Supreme Court Rejects GOP Effort to Force Rhode Islanders to Risk Their Health to Vote During COVID-19 Pandemic

In an important win for voting rights, the Supreme Court today rejected efforts to block Rhode Island from eliminating witness/notary requirements for vote by mail in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The state had agreed to drop the requirements via consent decree, resolving a lawsuit brought on behalf of Common Cause of Rhode Island and others.

Voting & Elections 08.10.2020

Groups Respond to RNC, Rhode Island GOP Appeal of Mail Ballot Case to Supreme Court

Two weeks ago, the state of Rhode Island agreed to eliminate witness/notary requirements for vote by mail throughout the 2020 elections due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in a consent decree resolving a lawsuit. Today, the Republican National Committee and the Rhode Island Republican Party sought a stay of that consent decree from the U.S. Supreme Court.   

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