Rep. Marszalkowski bill to enhance transparency and accounting of write-in ballots passes the House
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Alex D. Marszalkowski’s (D-Dist. 52, Cumberland) legislation (2018-H 7729) that would enhance transparency and accounting of write-in ballots during elections was passed by the House of Representatives tonight.
Representative Marszalkowski sponsored the bill at the request of the Rhode Island Board of Elections.
“This bill will ensure that all candidates, especially write-in candidates, have their votes accurately counted and documented during elections. This will establish a level of transparency and accountability to write-in candidates that has been lacking in the past,” said Representative Marszalkowski.
The act would require all candidates seeking to be elected by write-in ballots to file a declaration of intent with the Secretary of State no later than 4 p.m. on the day before the election. It would also require the tallying of write-in votes only for election contests in which no name appears on the printed ballot or for write-in candidates who have met the declaration requirements. Finally, it would mandate that the Board of Elections report all votes received by declared write-in candidates.
The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903