Several of the bills coming up in the General Assembly deal with elections, and we’ve learned several will be heard in the House Judiciary next week. April 13th will be “Elections Day” in the House Judiciary Committee, with an inventory of no less than a dozen bills dealing with how, when and what happens when Rhode Islanders go to the polls in 2012 and beyond.
Tiverton Democrat John Edwards has legislation that would require town financial meetings to comply with all of the state election laws, currently they are exempt. South Kingston Democrat Don Lally and Pawtucket Democrat Paddy O’Neill both have bills that would close polls in Rhode Island at 8:00 p.m. rather than 9:00 p.m.
I can tell you from experience, the polls are pretty quiet places from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Lastly; Bristol Democrat Raymond Gallison has legislation that he’s introduced on behalf of Secretary of State Ralph Mollis that would make it easier for service men and women to vote by absentee ballot as well.
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