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Local Features
12:17 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Rhode Islanders Registering To Vote At CCRI

Secretary of State Ralph Mollis will join the Board of Elections and the Community College of Rhode Island today to register Rhode Island voters. The registration will occur between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at all four of CCRI's locations across the state. Mollis says because of efforts like this, more people are registering to vote than ever.

Politics
11:08 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Voter Turnout Expected To Be Decent, For A Primary

Roughly 20 percent of registered voters expected to cast their ballots for the primary election.
Credit Joe O'Connor / RIPR

Major races are expected to be decided today, as Rhode Island holds a primary. The Democratic and Republican gubernatorial races top the ballot.  Voter turnout is expected to be decent.

Strong, that is, for a primary election, which, historically, has far lower turnout than the general election held in November. For Rhode Island that means only about twenty percent of register voters are expected to go to the polls.  That’s roughly one-hundred forty thousand people. But Secretary of state Ralph Mollis said there’s a chance turnout could be a little better this year.

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Politics
2:06 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Sec. Of State Mollis Unveils Voter Information Phone App

Secretary of State Ralph Mollis
Credit RIPR FILE / RI Secretary of State's Office

The office of Secretary of State Ralph Mollis has announced a new cell phone application for Rhode Island voters. The free app is called Rhode Island VIC, which stands for "Voter Information Center." It allows citizens to determine their voter status, district information, and closest polling place. Mollis said the app is user-friendly and should be accessible for voters of all ages.

"It's not age-specific. I think more and more people are using this, and we're here to help," said Mollis, "and hopefully this makes their voting experience that much easier."

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Artscape
8:48 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Rhode Island Artscape: Designing Better Ballots

A ballot secrecy sleeve redesigned by RISD students.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

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.

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.

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.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Gorbea on Voter Turnout, Lobbyists, Legislative Transparency + More

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.

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On Politics
3:40 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Gorbea Wants to Repeal Voter ID; de Ramel Favors "Better Balance"

While Secretary of State Ralph Mollis calls Rhode Island's Voter ID law a national model, the two Democrats vying to succeed him, Nellie Gorbea and Guillaume de Ramel, are far less enamored with the law.

Gorbea says she favors repealing Voter ID.

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On Politics
10:46 am
Wed November 6, 2013

10 Noteworthy Things About RI's 2013 Election

Shelby Maldonado, councilor-elect in Central Falls
Credit Special to RIPR

Who says off-year elections aren't interesting? Some random news and observations:

1. Women candidates 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.

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On Politics
1:01 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Compromise Will Preserve Voter ID in Rhode Island -- Without Photo ID

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.

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On Politics
7:42 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Block Says Master Lever Critics Will Raise Focus on Fox, Paiva Weed

John Marion of Common Cause of Rhode Island uses a prop to argue against straight-ticket voting, as Senator Lou Raptakis looks on.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

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.

“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.”

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Politics
4:55 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Sunday Voter Registration Deadline for Central Falls Special Election

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 26th. As Rhode Island Public Radio’s Jehane  Samaha reports, time is running out for Central Falls voters to register.

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