Making it easier to vote in Rhode Island is the aim of two bills moving through the state’s General Assembly. The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill to allow online voter registration. Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea says it makes registering to vote more convenient. A similar measure had wide support from lawmakers last year but they were unable to pass it before the end of the session in June.
Gorbea has also expressed support for a bill that would allow in-person early voting beginning 20 days before an election, including on weekends.
The Judiciary Committee is holding that bill for further study. Its sponsor is state Rep. Christopher Blazejewski, a Providence Democrat.