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MEDIA ADVISORY: House Committee on State Government and Elections to hear Let RI Vote Act, election-related legislation
STATE HOUSE — The House Committee on State Government and Elections is scheduled to meet Thursday to hear testimony on the Let RI Vote Act introduced by Majority Whip Katherine S. Kazarian (D-Dist. 63, East Providence).
The bill (
) would allow voting by mail without needing an excuse, improve voter roll cleanup procedures, allow voters to apply for mail ballots through an online system, allow long-term nursing home residents to receive mail ballot applications automatically, codify mail ballot drop box requirements, remove the notary and witness requirement for mail ballots, establish a voter information hotline, and allow more time to request special Braille ballots.
The committee is scheduled to meet
Thursday, March 24, at the rise of the House (about 4:30 p.m.) in Room 101
on the first floor of the State House.
The panel will also hear testimony on several elections-related bills including:
— This joint resolution, introduced by Rep. Nathan W. Biah (D-Dist. 3, Providence), would authorize the submission to the electors of a constitutional amendment that would allow eligible citizens to register to vote removing the requirement that the registration be completed 30 days before an election.
— This bill, introduced by Rep. Michelle E. McGaw (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton), would require that for all primaries, the candidates’ names would be listed on the ballot, in an order chosen by lot, under the direction of the secretary of state.
—This bill, introduced by Rep. Evan Patrick Shanley (D-Dist. 24, Warwick), would allow the Board of Elections to begin the certification of mail ballots 20 days prior to election day. It also establishes a new and more comprehensive mail ballot voter signature verification process.
— This bill, introduced by Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston), would authorize the reopening of a dissolved campaign account and fund upon notice to the Board of Elections.
— This bill, introduced by Rep. Rebecca M. Kislak, (D-Dist. 4, Providence), would establish an instant runoff form of ranked choice voting limited to General Assembly primary elections, with three or more candidates.
The House Committee on State Government and Elections is chaired by Rep. Evan Patrick Shanley (D-Dist. 24, Warwick). The hearing will be televised on Capitol Television, which can be seen on Cox Channels 15, and 61, in high definition on Cox Channel 1061, on Full Channel on Channel 15 and on Channel 34 by Verizon subscribers. It will also be live-streamed at
For more information, contact:
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
Lt. Governor's Office
Secretary of State
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