The security of our elections is important to all of us, no matter our background or our political party.

Rhode Island has long been a leader in election security with most voters using hand-marked paper ballots. Until 2017, however, we were one of the few states that did not audit election results. 

In 2017 Common Cause Rhode Island led the effort to pass legislation requiring risk-limiting audits, the “gold standard” of election audits. Rhode Island became only the second state in the nation to require statewide risk-limiting audits after every general election. We led the implementation effort in 2019 helping produce the most comprehensive report ever published on risk-limiting audit pilots. Beginning in 2020 Rhode Island began performing audits after every presidential preference primary and general election.

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