Rhode Island legislators approve bill to improve ballot access

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June 16, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island: The Rhode Island Senate on June 10, 2010, approved House Bill 7894 which would allow for voters sign nomination petitions for two or more candidates running for the same office[1][2].

The bill came in response that local governments forbid persons from signing petitions for more than one candidate who ran for the same office despite state laws allowed citizens to do so. Now local governments will be banned from placing restrictions on voters signing petitions for one or more candidates as part of the bill[1].

With the legislature's approval, the bill awaits the signature of Governor of Rhode Island Donald Carcieri. If the bill is signed into law, this could settle two outstanding federal lawsuits over local governments restricting how many petitions a voter can sign for[1].

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