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Nomination Papers Due July 12 for 2024 Candidates

[CREDIT: RI Secretary of State] Nomination papers due July 12. The RI Secretary of State offers info and best practices for obtaining the forms and collecting signatures before the Friday deadline.

[CREDIT: RI Secretary of State] Nomination papers due July 12. The RI Secretary of State offers info and best practices for obtaining the forms and collecting signatures before the Friday deadline.
[CREDIT: RI Secretary of State] Nomination papers due July 12. The RI Secretary of State offers info and best practices for obtaining the forms and collecting signatures before the Friday deadline.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Gregg M. Amore reminds candidates about the availability and best practices for nomination papers due July 12.

All nomination papers must be returned to the local Board of Canvassers in the city or town listed at the top of the nomination paper by 4 p.m. on July 12, with the exception of independent presidential electors, who have until 4 p.m. on Sept. 6 to file their papers.

In Warwick, candidates for mayor and School Committee at large need 200 signatures on their nomination papers. City Council members need 50.

Amore posted to the state’s website reminding candidates of the availability of nomination papers, alerting them to new educational resources, and urging the use of best practices for signature collection.

Amore posted to the state’s website reminding candidates of the availability of nomination papers, alerting them to new educational resources, and urging the use of best practices for signature collection.

“As campaign season is upon us once again, we want to remind candidates to be diligent about their signature collection processes and assure voters and candidates alike that the RI Department of State and the State Board of Elections are collaborating to ensure the security of the ballot qualification process,” Amore said. “Any attempt to submit fraudulent signatures will be identified and will not be tolerated, and I am proud to partner with the State Board of Elections to ensure the continued integrity of our elections processes.”

This year, the RI Department of State and State Board of Elections created a new resource to assist candidates for office in understanding their nomination papers, including best practices and requirements under the law for collecting signatures. The new infographic is available online, and embedded at the end of this article.

[CREDIT: RI Secretary of State] A chart showing RI signature requirements on nomination papers for state and federal offices. In Warwick, candidates for mayor and School Committee at large need 200 signatures on their nomination papers. City Council members need 50.
[CREDIT: RI Secretary of State] A chart showing RI signature requirements on nomination papers for state and federal offices. In Warwick, candidates for Mayor and School Committee at Large need 200 signatures on their nomination papers. City Council members need 50.
Candidates for independent presidential electors and candidates for Senator and Representative in Congress, as well as Providence General Assembly candidates, must obtain their nomination papers from the Department of State Elections Division.

All other candidates, including General Assembly candidates (except for those from Providence) and candidates for all local offices, must obtain their nomination papers from the local Board of Canvassers where they filed their Declaration of Candidacy.

Local Election Officials to be Notified of Suspected Nomination Papers Fraud

A new law, introduced on behalf of  Amore and the RI Department of State, codifies a process through which local election officials are notified of suspected forgery or fraud on nomination papers, and requires that instances of suspected forgery or fraud be reviewed and adjudicated in a timely manner.

The bill ensures that all municipalities have a uniform reporting process and receive timely information, and that the State Board of Elections has an efficient, standardized process in place to make determinations related to ballot eligibility.

Once the ballot qualification process is complete, the ballot placement lottery will be held on Friday, July 19 at 5 p.m. at the RI Department of State Elections Division.

For important elections information for candidates and voters, visit vote.ri.gov. RI-election-nomination-papers-due-july-12

 

Rob Borkowski
Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at [email protected] with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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