RIPR News
6:57 am
Tue June 7, 2011

Changes for RI presidential primary

PROVIDENCE, RI – The state House of Representative is scheduled to vote on legislation that would change key dates in Rhode Island's presidential primary calendar. The bill is to ensure that ballots from overseas voters can be counted.

The bill would move up the deadlines for candidates who announce their intention to run in Rhode Island's presidential primary.

These earlier deadlines include the required submission of 1,000 signatures from eligible voters, and formal declarations of candidacy. All of this is to ensure that overseas voters, particularly those serving in the military, will have an easier time voting.

It's also in response to federal legislation that requires overseas voters to get their ballots at least 45 days before the election. The bill follows legislation passed last November, which allows service members to download their ballots online.

Supporters say it allows military voters to have their voices heard.

And hopefully, heard on time. Bradley Campbell. WRNI. Rhode Island Public Radio.

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