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RI invites citizens’ involvement in planning voting

Voting this year, regardless of how we all do it, will be a unique experience, and one that should not be undertaken lightly in the planning.

The RI Secretary of State’s office is convening a task force of state and local election officials, good government groups and members of the public from across the state to review the June 2 Presidential Primary and assess lessons learned.

The first task force meeting of the 2020 election cycle will be held virtually on Wednesday, July 1 at 11 a.m. The event will be presented live on the Department of State’s Facebook page and will have time dedicated for public comment. Some topics already slated for discussion include:

  • The mail ballot application process
  • Timing of sending mail ballots to voters
  • Voters who requested a mail ballot but did not receive one
  • Educating voters on the mail ballot process
  • Providing drop boxes in all communities
  • How voters can track the status of their ballot
  • The number of physical polling places
  • Safety at physical polling places
  • Difficulty finding poll workers

Nellie M. Gorbea, RI Secretary of State is encouraging people to get in touch with the office, even if they can’t attend the Facebook Live event. You can email elections@sos.ri.gov with your ideas on how to improve the elections process. Your feedback will help election officials understand what worked and what needs to improve for you, the voter.

Photo: Congratulations to Isaiah Suchman, a talented HS student at The Wheeler School in Providence, winner of our ‘I Voted’ Sticker Contest! The unique Rhode Island design sticker will be given to RI voters in the Fall.

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