Common Cause Rhode Island is hosting our 47th Annual Meeting at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet. We will be celebrating our victories, saluting our champions, and looking ahead to our future. The program features a panel discussion, "In News We Trust?" that examines the state of the media in Rhode Island and the nation at this critical time. The panel is hosted by WPRI's Ted Nesi and features RI Public Radio's Torey Malatia, the Providence Journal's Alan Rosenberg, and Michelle Smith of the Associated Press.
Please purchase your ticket today to join us on November 9th.
With the overwhelming passage of ethics reform and successful implementation of online voter registration and lobby reform, 2016 was a big year for good government in the Ocean State. Building on those victories, the Common Cause Rhode Island State Governing Board has set our legislative priorities for 2017:
The line-item veto is a next logical step in creating a better balance between the executive and legislative branches of Rhode Island government. Common Cause supports putting a question on the 2018 ballot allowing voters to put the line-item veto into our state constitution.
Rhode Island saw explosive growth in the use of mail ballots in 2016, and our elections strained under the pressure. Common Cause supports a system of real early voting to meet the demand of voters and maintain the integrity of the system. The Bay State adopted early voting last year, and one out of three voters used the new system.
Our state invested millions of dollars in new voting equipment in 2016, but put no systems in place to assess their performance or make sure there is no tampering with the system. Common Cause supports legislation mandating post-election audits. Such systems are used to catch human errors as well as actions by those who may seek to hack our elections.
Finally, we will support legislation for automatic and portable voter registration. Building off the success of online voter registration, Rhode Island can use technology to both increase participation of qualified voters and keep the registration rolls cleaner.