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ELECTIONS 2016
The general election will be held on November 8, 2016.

NEW in 2016! Rhode Island Voters can register online.


IMPORTANT DEADLINES
October 9: Last day to register for the general election.
October 18: Last day to submit a mail ballot application.


ELECTION DAY
General:
November 8, 2016


ELECTING A PRESIDENT
The League of Women Voters recently published a handbook on Presidential Elections. The handbook includes information on the history of the presidency, the powers and duties of the office, the nuts and bolts of electing a president—go here to learn all about the Electoral College and campaign financing— a guide to watching the debates, and more. You can download the handbook here.


LWVRI ANNUAL FUND RAISING CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY

The League of Women Voters of Rhode Island Needs You!

Have you received your annual appeal letter from LWVRI President Jane W. Koster in which she outlines the League's work for the past year and makes a good case for why you should support the League? In it, she points out, "We can not do our work without your support. Help us turn this beautiful state around, improve the political climate, and show everyone that we have an honest, transparent, and welcoming government. "

Answer her call!
You can donate online or simply send your check to LWVRI, One Richmond Square, Suite 220 A-W, Providence, RI 02906. Donations made to the LWVRI are not tax deductible.
CLICK HERE

To support our voter service and education activities, make a tax-deductible donation to the "LWVRI Education Fund."
CLICK HERE


LEAGUE SUPPORTS ETHICS LEGISLATION
LWV President Jane Koster testified to restore Ethics Committee oversight to legislators.
READ TESTIMONY
READ COMMENT


CIVIC PARTICIPATION AWARD
The League of Women Voters of Newport County is accepting nominations for the fourth annual Joan C. Arnold Civic Participation Award.  For more information about the award criteria and deadlines please see: Joan C. Arnold Participation Award.


STATE LEAGUE SURVEYS DISTRICTS 2010 EDUCATION FUNDING FORMULA
The LWVRI surveyed school districts during the 2013-2014 school year about the education funding formula enacted by the General Assembly in 2010. With the support of the RI State Superintendents Association the League requested participation from all school districts. Barrington, Burrillville, Chariho, East Providence, Foster-Glocester, Johnston, Pawtucket, Providence, Smithfield, Westerly, Woonsocket responded.

For more information, contact Joanne DeVoe
at 401-247-3004 or
joanned@qis.net

FUNDING FORMULA SURVEY


THE TRANSPARENCY PORTAL
The LWV has long urged urged transparency in government. Look at Rhode Island up close, through the Transparency Portal, which details budget expenditures, open meeting law regulations, and asks for citizen input.
CLICK HERE

 

Elise Wills (on left) from Delta Theta Sorority joined LWV Providence members Maureen Pryor (middle) and (right) Hollie Courage at a voter registration drive at the Stephen Hopkins House, Providence, August 13, 2016.

ELECTIONS 2016
Before you can vote, you must register!

On November 8, 2016, Rhode Islanders will be voting for U.S. president, U. S. representatives to Congress, and legislators for the Rhode Island Senate and Assembly. There will also be municipal elections in many communities to elect city and town council members and other town offices and school.

However, before you can vote, you must register! Beginning this year, you can register to vote online at the Secretary of State's web site, vote, sos.ri.gov. The League and other groups will be holding registration events throughout the state. Check this page for details or like the LWVRI on Facebook (see buttons on left).
Don't know if you are registered? You can check that out as well on the same page,
vote.sos.ri.gov.

In some districts there will be a primary election on September 13. The general election will be held on November 8, 2016.

Leagues throughout the state (East Providence, Newport, South County, and West Bay) will be holding candidates forums throughout the election season. Please like us on Facebook or sign up for our emails (see buttons at left) to receive updates and reminders of forums.

2016 ELECTION FORUMS
Check back often for updates to our
Candidates' Forums schedule

For more information about LWV South County
(Westerly and Narragansett) events,
including broadcast times...
CLICK HERE

 For more information about LWV Newport
(Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Tiverton,
Jamestown and Little Compton) events,
including broadcast times...
CLICK HERE

Meet The Candidates Nights

Wednesday, September 28, 6:30 p.m.
RI State Senate Candidates for District 35
Narragansett Town Hall, 25 Fifth Avenue, Narragansett
Sponsored by the LWV South County

Wednesday, September 28, 8 p.m.
RI State Representative Candidates for District 33
Narragansett Town Hall, 25 Fifth Avenue, Narragansett
Sponsored by the LWV South County

Thursday, September 29, 6:30 p.m.
Westerly Town Council
Westerly Town Hall, 45 Broad Street, Westerly
Sponsored by the LWV South County

Tuesday, October 4, 6:30-8 p.m.
Candidates for the Newport City Council Ward 1
Martin Luther King Center, 20 Dr. M. Wheatland Blvd., Newport
Moderated by LWV Newport County

Thursday, October 6, 6:30 p.m.
RI State Representative Candidates for District 38
Westerly Town Hall, 45 Broad Street, Westerly
Sponsored by the LWV South County

Tuesday, October 11, 6:30-8 p.m.
Candidates for the At-Large Newport City Council
City Council Chambers, City Hall 43 Broadway, Newport
Moderated by LWV Newport County

Tuesday, October 18, 6:30-8 p.m.
Candidates for the Newport School Committee
Pell School Cafetorium, 36 Dexter St., Newport
Moderated by LWV Newport County

Wednesday, October 26, 6:30 p.m.
RI State Senate Candidates for District 37
Narragansett Town Hall, 25 Fifth Avenue, Narragansett
Sponsored by the LWV South County

Wednesday, October 26, 8 p.m.
RI State Representative Candidates for District 35
Narragansett Town Hall, 25 Fifth Avenue, Narragansett
Sponsored by the LWV South County

Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Narragansett School Committee Candidates
Narragansett Town Hall, 25 Fifth Avenue, Narragansett
Sponsored by the LWV South County

Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 8 p.m.
Narragansett Town Council Candidates
Narragansett Town Hall, 25 Fifth Avenue, Narragansett
Sponsored by the LWV South County


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HONORING LONG-TIME LEAGUE MEMBER,
CAMILLA WIENER

At a June 4, 2016, luncheon at the Westerly Public Library, 50 friends fêted Camilla Wiener, long-time South County League member, and mother of League member Elizabeth Candas. In fifty plus years of volunteering, Camilla has poll-run, worked on studies, Know Your City books, voter drives. Congratulations!

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Elizabeth Candas and Camilla Wiener

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Joyce Stevos, Camilla Wiener, Joanne Rizzo


PRESENTING THE 9TH ANNUAL
SUSAN B. WILSON AWARDS

At a June ceremony at the State House, the League recognized teachers who have demonstrated expertise in civics education. Melissa Long, Deputy Secretary of State, was the guest speaker.

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Ryan Cannole (Honorable Mention), Michael Miele (2nd place),
and Heidi Vazquez (1st place)


UPCOMING BLITHEWOLD TEA

The Planning Committee met to discuss
"Afternoon Tea at Blithewold" - a benefit for
the Providence League of Women Voters
Monday, October 3, 2016

Left to right: Judy Dorian, Hollie Courage, Liz Head, Maureen Romans, Joan Retsinas.


PROVIDENCE LWV CONVERSATION
Citizenship Topic at the Lippitt House Museum
April 5, 2016

Left to right: Carrie Taylor, Director of Lippitt House Museum, Bruno Sukys, head of Citizenship & Immigration Services at Dorcas International, Kathy Cloutier, Director of Dorcas International Institute and Barbara Feldman, Providence LWV, discussion leader.


LWVRI MEMBER FEATURED AT BOOK CLUB

On April 7, 2016, the RI League Book Club discussed member Marian Styles-McClintock's book, But Isn't That What We're Supposed to Do ? Marian (on left) interviewed elderly black women in several Southern communities about their roles in mentoring children. The women viewed their activism as "What we're supposed to do." In a small homogeneous community, the women felt responsible for others.

Pictured with Marian are Mary Speare (center) and Liz Head (right).
Photo courtesy of Susan Escherich.


LWVRI PROMOTES TRANSPARENCY
IN GOVERNMENT

The LWVRI has been working with other good government groups to ensure transparency in government. You may have read out postings about the letter that Access/RI wrote to the Governor about compliance with the APRA (Access to Public Records Act).
READ LETTER

Please let the governor know your stance on this important issue.
READ MORE


CELEBRATE 95 YEARS OF
WOMEN & THE VOTE
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 11:00am
Marble House, Newport

Mildred Nichols displays the October 6,
1920 Notice (from the Irene Precinct,
Jefferson District, Loudoun County, VA)
certifying that her grandmother,
Eppie Clark, had registered and was on
the books as a registered voter.

The League of Women Voters of Rhode Island and the Preservation Society of Newport County celebrated 95 years of women's suffrage on the terrace of Marble House. The event was free and open to the public.

Former Representative Donna Walsh, retired Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Judith Colenback Savage, and LWVRI board member and author Marian Styles-McClintock read excerpts from suffragists' speeches and documents. Poet Amber Rose Johnson read a poem written to mark the occasion (VIEW VIDEO). A musical interlude and a re-enactment of a "Votes for Women" march completed the event.

The Newport Restoration Foundation, the Newport Historical Society, the Women's Fund of Rhode Island, and the YWCA of Rhode Island co-sponsored the celebration.

MORE INFO
VIEW VIDEO


SIGNING OF VOTING EQUIPMENT BILL
Transfers the purchasing power of Voting Equipment
from the Board of Elections to the Secretary of State.
State House, August 6, 2015
On the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Right Act

Front: Senate President Theresa Paiva-Weed (District 13), Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne (District 32),  Sen. Gayle L. Goldin (District 3),  Sen. Maryellen Goodwin (Majority Whip District 01 applauding in back of Secretary Gorbea), Governor Gina Raimondo. Back: Rep. Shelby Maldonado (District 56) and Rep. Kathleen Fogarty (District 35).

Jane Koster, LWV RI President, served on the Secretary of State's "Voting Equipment Task Force"


LEAGUE IN ACTION
The League in Photos

 

Governor Raimondo speaks at
League Day at the State House
March 24, 2015


The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.

— Dwight Eisenhower

 

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JOIN THE LEAGUE FOR TEA AT BLITHEWOLD
On Monday, October 3, at 1:00pm, Blithewold Mansion will be open exclusively for League members at a tea organized by the LWV Providence. Enjoy tea and a tour of the mansion and gardens for $40. RSVP here.


EXPANDED LEAGUE GREETS NEW PRESIDENT
An expanded South County League now encompasses Westerly, with plans to reach out to additional communities. The new president: Linda Bongiolatti, of Westerly.

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SEE THE LATEST VOTER!
FALL 2016 (pdf)


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WE'VE MOVED!
The LWVRI  has moved its office from East Providence to One Richmond Square in Providence.  With the move, the League phone number has changed; it is now 401-339-9766. The complete address is LWVRI, One Richmond Square, Suite 220 A-W, Providence, RI 02906. The League's website address (www .lwvri.org) and Facebook listing remain the same.


THE BOOK GROUP
MEETS MONTHLY

Book Group gathers for Holiday Lunch at Agawam Hunt Club

MORE INFO


ACCESSING GOVERNMENT
IN RHODE ISLAND
ACCESS/RI has outlined the limitations on the public's access in Access Limited: An Audit of Compliance with the Rhode Island Public Records Act(2014).
MORE INFO


GOVERNMENT DATA
For Rhode Island, see Rhode Island Foundation
CLICK HERE

For Providence, see city site
CLICK HERE


NEEDED: Volunteers
The Ethics Commission, the Board of Elections, legislative committee session, the Environmental Council of RI... all need citizen input.

The LWV needs volunteers to attend meetings. If many volunteer, we would each attend a few sessions, and report back. If you can spare a few hours, contact Susan Escherich at 401-433-4896.

 


The League neither supports nor opposes candidates for office at any level of government.

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