voting en Rhode Island Artscape: Designing Better Ballots <p>In Rhode Island a group of design students barely old enough to vote are working on projects that could potentially affect the future of Presidential elections.</p><p>For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender profiles a class that is trying to tackle the problem of a better ballot.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>On the third floor of a building in downtown Providence, a group of a dozen or so students from the Rhode Island School of Design, also known as RISD are giving their final presentations for a class called VoteLab: Designing for Democracy.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:48:26 +0000 John Bender 29740 at Rhode Island Artscape: Designing Better Ballots Bonus Q+A: Gorbea on Voter Turnout, Lobbyists, Legislative Transparency + More <p>Democratic Secretary of State candidate Nellie Gorbea joins us on Bonus Q+A to discuss her campaign and various issues facing the office, including voter turnout; voter ID; lobbyist disclosure; and the level of legislative transparency.</p><p></p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 26183 at Gorbea Wants to Repeal Voter ID; de Ramel Favors "Better Balance" <p>While Secretary of State Ralph Mollis calls Rhode Island's Voter ID law<a href=""> a national model</a>, the two Democrats vying to succeed him, <a href="">Nellie Gorbea</a> and <a href="">Guillaume de </a><a href="">Rame</a>l, are far less enamored with the law.</p><p>Gorbea says she favors repealing Voter ID.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:40:33 +0000 Ian Donnis 26187 at 10 Noteworthy Things About RI's 2013 Election <p>Who says off-year elections aren't interesting? Some random news and observations:</p><p>1. <strong>Women candidates</strong> came up big in Central Falls, albeit in uncontested races, winning five of seven City Council seats. The extent of this kind of female presence is unusual in RI municipalities, although four of five Barrington town councilors are women.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 15:46:43 +0000 Ian Donnis 24385 at 10 Noteworthy Things About RI's 2013 Election Compromise Will Preserve Voter ID in Rhode Island -- Without Photo ID <p>Voters will still have to show identification to vote in Rhode Island -- but not a photo ID -- under a compromise ticketed for passage in the House of Representatives.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:01:56 +0000 Ian Donnis 17040 at Block Says Master Lever Critics Will Raise Focus on Fox, Paiva Weed <p></p><p>The leader of efforts to kill straight-ticket voting, Moderate Party founder Ken Block, says opponents of the master lever plan to raise their focus on winning support from House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed.</p><p>“It’s up to the speaker and the Senate president to bring those bills up for a vote in committee to get them to the floor, and now the public pressure begins to mount on both of those offices to do that," Block says. "We’ll be pushing on that very hard over the next month, month and a half.”</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 23:42:16 +0000 Ian Donnis 12966 at Block Says Master Lever Critics Will Raise Focus on Fox, Paiva Weed Sunday Voter Registration Deadline for Central Falls Special Election <p>Since James Diossa’s swearing in as Mayor of Central Falls, his former seat on the City Council has sat empty. Steven Corrales is running unopposed for this seat in a special election this March 26<sup>th</sup>. As Rhode Island Public Radio’s Jehane&nbsp; Samaha reports, time is running out for Central Falls voters to register.</p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 21:55:00 +0000 Jehane Samaha 10826 at Straight party voting not a simple issue in RI <p>Just about every good government group in Rhode Island is pushing for an end to the so-called master lever option on state ballots. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why this is not a panacea for what ails our state’s political culture.<br>&nbsp;<br>It has become an article of faith in Rhode Island among the self-styled government reform groups, most statewide elected politicians and the chattering pundit classes that our state needs to get rid of that relic of urban machine politics, the master lever.<br> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 12:16:08 +0000 Scott MacKay 10519 at Block attracting support for killing the master lever <p>(PROVIDENCE, RI) Moderate Party founder Ken Block is leading a new effort to eliminate straight-ticket voting in Rhode Island. Critics say the so-called master lever makes it more difficult to challenge the ruling Democratic Party.<br><br>Block has created a Web site, <a href=""></a>, with an online petition calling for eliminating the master lever. He says straight-ticket voting has a distorting effect on politics in Rhode Island.<br> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 17:00:09 +0000 Ian Donnis 7330 at Eight polling places set for December 11 mayoral election in Central Falls <p>Pointing to some well-publicized snafus during last week’s election, Central Falls mayoral candidate James&nbsp;Diossa is encouraging <a href="">the state Board of Elections</a> to go with the current eight polling places in the December 11 mayoral election, rather than cutting the number to two.</p><p>Diossa, in a news release, says the CF Board of Canvassers has proposed cutting the number of polling places:</p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 8505 at