Corvese sponsors bill with Secretary of State to support elections integrity nationwide
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Arthur Corvese has introduced legislation on behalf of Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea to help maintain elections integrity around the nation by requiring that Rhode Island notify other states when their former residents register to vote here.
“Maintaining accurate voter registries is one important element to ensuring clean and fair elections, and preserving the public’s trust in democracy. Notifying other states when one of their former citizens has registered to vote elsewhere is one way states can contribute to elections integrity nationwide. This bill ensures that Rhode Island does its part,” said Representative Corvese (D-Dist. 55, North Providence).
While this notification is currently typical practice in Rhode Island, codifying it in law would ensure that it continues in the future, when new secretaries of state take office.
“I’ve made it a priority to improve access to the ballot box while ensuring the integrity of our elections. Representative Corvese and I have discussed the importance of maintaining accurate voter rolls. This law will create a standard for ensuring voter records accuracy across the country,” said Secretary of State Gorbea.
Representative Corvese filed the legislation (2018-H 7522) Feb. 9, and it was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. It is cosponsored by Rep. Mia A. Ackerman (D-Dist. 45, Cumberland, Lincoln), Rep. Thomas Winfield (D-Dist. 53, Smithfield, Glocester), Rep. Samuel A. Azzinaro (D-Dist. 37, Westerly), and Rep. Stephen R. Ucci (D-Dist. 42, Johnston, Cranston).
For more information, contact:
Meredyth R. Whitty, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903