Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea has unveiled legislation aimed at reforming Rhode Island’s voting laws. Gorbea promised to modernize the voting system during her campaign.
The proposed legislation brings online voter registration to Rhode Island. Residents would enter a database that can be updated when people move out of town or out of state. Gorbea said that would reduce redundancies in the voter rolls.
Another part of the bill would add early in-person, and weekend voting in the weeks leading up to Election Day. Gorbea said the goal is to make voting more accessible to working people.
“We absolutely have to make it easier for people to cast their ballot in a way that also protects the integrity of the system, in a way that also protects the integrity of the system, and I think these measures do both,” said Gorbea.
The legislation would also restrict the number of people allowed to handle absentee ballots, to the voter, family and the postal service. Several years ago Rhode Island passed a controversial measure requiring photo ID at the voting booth.
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