Rhode Island voting issues
This page is part of the Election Protection Wiki,
Things you can do:
- 1 Election and registration information
- 2 Governmental election authorities
- 3 Election threats
- 4 State and local non-governmental election organizations
- 5 Articles and resources
Election and registration information
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:
- Election Systems & Software's Model 100 voting machine
Assistive Devices for Marking Paper Ballots:
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.
- Secretary of state: A. Ralph Mollis
- Secretary of State
- 82 Smith Street
- State House Room 217
- Providence, RI 02903
- Phone: 401-222-2357 Fax: 401-222-1356 TTY: 711
- SECRETARY OF STATE A. RALPH MOLLIS firstname.lastname@example.org
- ELECTIONS & CIVICS email@example.com
State voter registration procedures
Absentee and early voting
Student voting rights
Felon voting rights
Quoting from an October, 2008 report 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
- Website: http://fairvote.org/ri/
- FairVote RI
- 145 Wayland Ave,
- Providence, RI 02906
- Phone: 401.429.6059 Fax: 360.933.2456
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Articles and resources
- The main page on election protection and reform organizations.
- All articles in the Election Protection Wiki project.
- For election day: Things citizens can do to monitor elections and If you are told you cannot vote.
- ↑ From RI Sec State website's Administration Page. Retrieved September 17, 2008.
- ↑ Erika Wood and Rachel Bloom,De Facto Disenfranchisement, Brennan Center for Justice and American Civil Liberties Union, October 21, 2008.
- GoVote.org locates your polling place and other voting information.
- Google map polling locations locates most polling location, may be missing or out of date.
Election Protection hotlines
- 866-OUR-VOTE (National Election Protection Hotline)
- 888-VE-Y-VOTA (Español)
- 800-966-5946 (AALDEF, Asian languages)
- 866-MYVOTE1 (Tom Joyner Hotline - VoterAction, NAACP National Voter Fund)
- 877-523-2792 (ACLU Voting Rights Project Hotline)
- 877-US4-OBAMA (Obama campaign Voter Hotline)
- 866-976-VOTE (McCain campaign Honest and Open Election hotline - leave a message)
- 877-GOCNN08 (CNN Voter Problem Tipline)
- 888-VOTE-TIP (VelvetRevolution Election Protection Hotline for fraud)
- 567-258-VOTE (Twitter Vote Report key in report or leave audio message)
- Vote411.org from the League of Women Voters provides all kinds of information to help you vote.
- ACLU's "Know Your Voting Rights - State by State" -- printable brochures summarizing your voting rights, for most states.
- One-page know your rights summaries for 27 states from the AFL-CIO.
- Click here to see the voter ID requirements in all states. From the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials
- Why Tuesday? offers a page for Rhode Island that helps locate Rhode Island's elections officials, election reform groups, and elected officials, as well as a page titled Find a group in your area that lets you find similar information for other states.
- Click here to request an absentee ballot. Go Vote Absentee is a project of the Women Donors Network.
- Information for voters with disabilities from NDRN.
Student voting rights
- See Rhode Island Student Voting Rights for a guide to student voting rights in Rhode Island. See Student Voting Rights for a guide to other states. From the Brennan Center for Justice.
- 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
- Verified Voting's Rhode Island page, which provides detailed information on voting equipment in use in every county in Rhode Island.
- Election Law @ Moritz's Rhode Island page, which provides detailed information on election law developments in Rhode Island. See map page to see the information for election developments in any given state.
- Election Law @ Moritz's Rhode Island general information page, which provides information on Rhode Island election authorities, post-election processes, and other topics. See map page to see this information for any given state.