Nellie Gorbea

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Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Political Roundtable to discuss the debate about voter fraud, the question of whether enough is being done to retain the PawSox, and the policing of enforcement with the state's open records law.

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Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of issues related to voting, good government and politics.


Rhode Island joined eight other states in enacting automatic voter registration. Governor Gina Raimondo held a ceremonial bill signing Tuesday.

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Rhode Island will not provide the federal government with any voter roll information, following a White House email calling for a pause in the collection of data.

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U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar are leading a group of U.S. senators asking the Trump administration to withdraw its request for voter roll data from states.

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Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea says cities and towns have been cleaning up the state’s voter rolls in between election years. Since 2015, Gorbea says nearly 66,000 names have been taken out of the central voter registration system, after local officials confirmed that the person left the state or passed away.

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Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea and U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse are pushing back on a new Executive Order signed by President Donald Trump on Thursday. The order creates the bipartisan Commission on Election Integrity, which aims to look into fraudulent voting practices. Vice President Mike Pence will lead the panel.

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A coalition of groups staged a Statehouse news conference Wednesday to call for modernizing local elections. The effort is organized by the good government organization Common Cause of Rhode Island.


The state Board of Elections is expected to schedule a recall election of Providence City Councilman Kevin Jackson when the board meets Monday.  This comes after Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea called on the board to take action.  

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Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea will hold the first of three meetings with an Elections Task Force tomorrow. The task force will discuss cleaning up voter rolls and the handling of new voting equipment with the input of experts.  The group consists of State Board of Elections representatives, local election officials, and voters.

RI Kicks-Off Black History Month With Exhibit

Feb 7, 2017

Sec. of State Nellie Gorbea and Gov. Gina Raimondo kicked-off the Ocean State’s celebration of Black History Month Monday afternoon. The state leaders hosted the opening of the exhibit Bullets and Bulletins: African American Activism in Civil War Era Rhode Island at the State Archives.

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Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea is joining a growing chorus of lawmakers responding to claims by President Donald Trump that millions of people voted illegally.

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The campaigns are over, but the debates about voting rage on. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time for Rhode Island to consider some election changes.

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Nearly 30,000 Rhode Islanders have applied to vote by mail in the presidential election, up from roughly 23,000 in 2012. Those numbers from the office of Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea. Mail-in ballots are counted on Election Night. Gorbea says local boards of canvassers help to guard against vote fraud.

“The mail ballot comes in and is reviewed by the local boards of canvassers and if there are any kinds of discrepancies that seem to trigger a concern, they’re taken up by the state Board of Elections,” said Gorbea.