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We're on the cusp of an exciting new year in Rhode Island, with lots of political intrigue and big elections up for grabs. So thanks for stopping by. As usual your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Who needs holiday presents when Rhode Island politics is the gift that keeps on giving? Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Rhode Island inexorably moves toward a fresh campaign season as we leave summer behind. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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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.

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A police investigation in Cranston has revealed irregularities with eight votes in last November’s election.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung said the irregularities include a few duplicate votes and possible voting by non-US citizens. Fung said the irregularities are serious, even if the eight votes did not decide the outcome of any political races.

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According to a report from the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, some legal registered voters in the state were unable to vote. The organization says this highlights flaws in the state’s voter ID laws.

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  • Polls open at 7 o’clock Tuesday morning for Rhode Island voters in the presidential and local elections. Across the state, polls remain open until 8  p.m.
  • Don’t know where to vote? The secretary of state’s office has a website where you can check. All you need is a home address.
  • If you forgot to register to vote, you can still cast a ballot for president.

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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.

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Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea hosted a roundtable Thursday to address questions about cyber security and voter fraud.

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Louisiana and Texas permitted early voting in 1921. It’s a slow moving trend, but it’s definitely taking hold. Thirty-seven states now provide some kind of opportunity for registered voters to cast ballots before Election Day. Massachusetts is the newest kid on the block with in-person early voting starting Monday, October 24.

In Springfield, Massachusetts, the city’s election commissioner, Gladys Oyola, said she’s been preparing for “the election before the election” since 2014, when then-Governor Deval Patrick signed early voting into Massachusetts law.

Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Bonus Q&A to talk about lobbying reform, Voter ID, public records, and much more.

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Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss whether the state is ready for the presidential primary on Tuesday

Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss how the General Assembly impasse in June affected one of her legislative priorities; why her lobbying proposal didn't win approval; what she can do increase legislative transparency; and more. For more Gorbea, check her appearance on this week's Political Roundtable.

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