Rhode Island voting issues

From SourceWatch
Jump to navigation Jump to search
You Have the Right to Vote.jpg

This page is part of the Election Protection Wiki,
a non-partisan, non-profit collaboration of citizens, activists and researchers to collect reports of voter suppression and the systemic threats to election integrity.

Things you can do:

Home | EPWiki Google Group | Other states | EP issues | EP news | Get active at VSW | Related: The Rhode Island portal

Election and registration information

Voting machines

2008 election

For the 2008 election Rhode Island used the following voting machines. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Voting's Verifier tool.

Main article: Voting machines

Optical scan machines:

Assistive Devices for Marking Paper Ballots:

Governmental election authorities

Rhode Island Secretary of State

Description: Through our five divisions, we oversee elections, provide a variety of business services, help government agencies comply with the state Open Meetings act, register voters, assist in the creation of legislation and preserve hundreds of thousands of the state's most historic documents.[1]

  • Secretary of state: A. Ralph Mollis

Website: http://www.sec.state.ri.us/

Contact information:

  • Secretary of State
  • 82 Smith Street
  • State House Room 217
  • Providence, RI 02903
  • Phone: 401-222-2357 Fax: 401-222-1356 TTY: 711

Election threats

State voter registration procedures

Absentee and early voting

Student voting rights

Felon voting rights

Quoting from an October, 2008 report[2] on "de facto disenfranchisement" (summary)(download PDF) co-published by the Brennan Center for Justice and the ACLU:

"In 2006, Rhode Island was the first state in the country where voters approved a ballot referendum to amend the state constitution to restore voting upon release from prison. But interviews in 2008 revealed that only 61% of local officials correctly stated that a person on probation is eligible to vote, and only 64% of election officials correctly stated that a person on parole is eligible to vote. Only six officials stated they had been trained on the new law."

See also "felon disenfranchisement" issue page

State and local non-governmental election organizations

Fair Vote Rhode Island

Contact information:

  • FairVote RI
  • 145 Wayland Ave,
  • Providence, RI 02906

League of Women Voters

LWV of Rhode Island,
Hollie Courage, President; Derwent J. Riding, Co-President

  • 172 Taunton Avenue
  • Unit 8
  • East Providence, RI 02914
  • Phone: 401-434-6440
  • E-mail: State@lwvri.org
  • http://www.lwvri.org

Local Leagues:

Articles and resources

See also


  1. From RI Sec State website's Administration Page. Retrieved September 17, 2008.
  2. Erika Wood and Rachel Bloom,De Facto Disenfranchisement, Brennan Center for Justice and American Civil Liberties Union, October 21, 2008.

External resources

Poll location

Election Protection hotlines

Voting information

Voting rights

Voting requirements

Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials

Absentee voting

Disabled voters

Student voting rights

State ballot

  • See how organizations you trust recommend you vote on ballot measures and other statewide contests at TransparentDemocracy.


  • Help in other languages from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. 中文, 日本語, 한국어, Tagalog, Tiếng Việt, Español

Voting machines

Election law

External articles