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MEDIA ADVISORY: House Committee on State Government and Elections scheduled to vote on Let RI Vote Act
STATE HOUSE — The House Committee on State Government and Elections is scheduled to meet Tuesday to vote on the Let RI Vote Act introduced by Majority Whip Katherine S. Kazarian (D-Dist. 63, East Providence).
The bill (
), which was amended in committee, is identical to legislation (
) recently passed by the Senate. It 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
Tuesday, May 10, at the rise of the House (about 4:30 p.m.) in the House Lounge
on the second floor of the State House.
The panel will also consider several election-related bills including:
— This bill, introduced by Rep. Grace Diaz (D-Dist. 11, Providence), would allow a classified employee to seek elected office provided that they resign their position upon being elected.
— This bill, introduced by Rep. Jacquelyn M. Baginski (D-Dist. 17, Cranston), would allow local board of canvassers’ discretion to substitute the physical posting in each voting district of senatorial district meetings, representative district meetings, and voting district meetings with publication in newspaper of local circulation.
— This bill, introduced by Representative Baginski, would replace the requirement that the notice for the final canvass and correction of voter registration files be posted in a newspaper with the requirement that the notice for the final canvass to be published on the official website maintained by the city/town.
—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.
The House Committee on State Government and Elections is chaired by Representative Shanley. The meeting will be televised by Capitol Television on Cox Communications (channels 15, 61, and 1061 for high definition), Full Channel (on 15) and Verizon (on channel 34). Livestreaming is available at
For more information, contact:
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
Lt. Governor's Office
Secretary of State
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