Rep. Coughlin’s new voter machine bill passes House
STATE HOUSE – Rep. David A. Coughlin’s legislation (2016-H 7330) that enables newly purchased voting machines to be used in elections was passed by the House of Representatives tonight. The legislation now heads to the Senate for consideration.
“As technology progresses at a rapid fire pace, it’s imperative that our election processes keep up with the technological times,” said Representative Coughlin (D-Dist. 60, Pawtucket). “This legislation ensures that Rhode Island’s future elections will be transparent, efficient, and cost-effective for our taxpayers.”
Developed with Secretary Nellie M. Gorbea, the legislation would change the definition of vote to accommodate the new computer voting machine. It would also authorize the Board of Elections to promulgate rules concerning the process by which irregular ballots with write-in candidates are stored and recorded. Finally, the legislation would change the process by which printout tapes from the optical scan precinct count unit are handled.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903