Rhode Island Secretary of State election, 2014
September 9, 2014
November 4, 2014
Governor • Lt. Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General
- 1 Candidates
- 2 Results
- 3 Campaign themes
- 4 Polls
- 5 Past elections
- 6 Campaign finance
- 7 Key deadlines
- 8 Recent news
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Rhode Island is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Unaffiliated voters may vote in a party's primary, but they will then be considered affiliated with that party. In order to disaffiliate, they must file a "Change of Party Designation" form.
Lost in primary
|Secretary of State of Rhode Island, 2014|
|Election Results via State of Rhode Island.|
|Rhode Island Secretary of State, Democratic Primary, 2014|
|Guillaume de Ramel||48.6%||55,237|
|Election Results via Rhode Island Board of Elections.|
Support Voter ID Law
Upgrade Voter Handbook
Restoration of Civics Education Curriculum
Expansion of Voter Education Initiatives
Voter Information and Participation Initiatives
Lobbyist Oversight Reform
Fair Ballot Configuration/Candidate Placement
The current method of candidate placement on the election ballot is fair but not fair enough, because it establishes placement advantage or disadvantage to candidates by affiliation and perpetuates that advantage or disadvantage throughout the ballot. I plan to determine candidate placement for each office by random selection. This procedure will not replicate the same ballot placement order for each race throughout the ballot. Candidate placement will be determined for each race separately and will be independent of candidate placement in other races. This method discontinues the perpetuation of the same candidate placement advantage or disadvantage throughout the ballot. This method is a more fair approach to candidate placement.
Accessibility to Public Records
Business Task Force/Advisory Group
Majority Required to be Elected
I propose that a majority of votes should be required to be elected. No election should be won by a pluraliy of votes. Following the election of 2010, there was considerable discussion about the slim margin of votes which determined the outcome for governor. Many questioned the legitimacy of a win by plurality versus the requirement of a majority of votes to win. Of course this is not a problem when there are just two candidates in the race. But when there are three or more (and there were five gubernatorial candidates in 2010) there may be a potential problem. I support the requirement that a candidate must obtain a majority of votes to be elected. Furthermore, this requirement may require a runoff election to achieve or meet that requirement, which I support as well.
Elimination of Master Line Voting
—John Carlevale's campaign website, (2014) 
As a former Rhode Island Deputy Secretary of State, Nellie Gorbea is ready to lead on day one. As Secretary of State, Nellie Gorbea will
Ensure fair, fast and accurate elections
Nellie Gorbea believes that democracy works best when people actively participate in voting. She will increase voting levels through public education campaigns, expand access to mail ballots and begin online voter registration to make it easier to vote. She will ensure that all eligible voters can vote.
Provide transparency in government
Nellie Gorbea believes government must be transparent and accountable to the people. She will increase online access to government records, business filings, and records of who is trying to influence government. Her cost effective lobbying reform policies include:
1. LobbyTracker Hotline: As Secretary of State, Nellie will establish a telephone hotline and a website for citizens to report suspected lobbying activity that may not have been disclosed as required by law. By working together, we can bring an end to the back-room influence peddling that has plagued our state for so long. 2. Increase Disclosure Requirements for Executive Branch Lobbying: Currently, Rhode Island law requires that those lobbying the executive branch of government or public corporations must report their activities only twice per year (those lobbying the legislative branch must file monthly reports). As Secretary of State, Nellie will submit legislation to require executive branch lobbyists to report monthly to ensure that all lobbying activity is publicly disclosed. 3. Create a Lobbying Data Dashboard: The public has a right to know which topics or bills lobbyists are working to influence. Nellie will create an easy-to-use Lobbying Data Dashboard on the Secretary of State website so that Rhode Islanders can see which issues or pieces of legislation are being lobbied upon most frequently and by whom, ranked in order of frequency and by issue topic.
Help small businesses thrive
Nellie Gorbea knows how to cut through red tape to help Rhode Island businesses thrive. She will also provide economic information that small business owners can use to grow in Rhode Island. 
—Nellie Gorbea's campaign website, (2014) 
|Rhode Island Secretary of State|
|Poll||Nellie Gorbea (D)||John Carlevale (R)||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
October 6-9, 2014
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to|
On November 2, 2010, A. Ralph Mollis won re-election to the office of Rhode Island Secretary of State. He defeated Catherine Terry Taylor (R) in the general election.
|Rhode Island Secretary of State, 2010|
|Democratic||A. Ralph Mollis Incumbent||50.6%||166,140|
|Republican||Catherine Terry Taylor||49.4%||162,283|
|Election Results Via: Rhode Island Board of Elections|
On November 7, 2006, A. Ralph Mollis won election to the office of Rhode Island Secretary of State. He defeated Sue A. Stenhouse (R) in the general election.
|Rhode Island Secretary of State, 2006|
|Democratic||A. Ralph Mollis||53.6%||200,058|
|Republican||Sue A. Stenhouse||46.4%||173,490|
|Election Results Via: Rhode Island Board of Elections|
Comprehensive donor information for this election has been collected by Follow the Money. Based on available campaign finance records, the candidates raised a raised a total of $765,209 during the election. This information was last updated on April 6, 2015.
|Campaign Contribution Totals|
|Nellie Gorbea||Rhode Island Secretary of State||$519,560|
|Guillaume de Ramel||Rhode Island Secretary of State||$233,810|
|John Carlevale||Rhode Island Secretary of State||$11,739|
|Pamela Azar||Rhode Island Secretary of State||$100|
|Grand Total Raised||$765,209|
|June 25, 2014||Filing deadline|
|September 9, 2014||Primary election|
|November 4, 2014||General election|
|November 12, 2014||Last day for recount requests|
|January 6, 2015||Inaugurations for executive officials|
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- Rhode Island Board of Elections Website, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed January 3, 2014
- Providence Journal, "Nellie Gorbea resigning post at HousingWorks RI to run for secretary of state," July 25, 2013
- Rhode Island Secretary of State, "Candidates," accessed June 27, 2014
- WPRI, "Democrat de Ramel to run for Secretary of State in 2014," January 24, 2013
- Rhode Island Public Radio, "Hassett Throws Support in Secretary of State Race to Pacheco," May 23, 2013
- WPRI, "Former Rep. Ed Pacheco running for secretary of state," April 22, 2013
- Providence Journal, "Democrat Edwin Pacheco drops out of race for R.I. secretary of state," October 12, 2013
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- John Carlevale, "Home," accessed October 24, 2014
- Nellie Gorbea for Secretary of State, "Policy Proposals," accessed October 24, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Overview of Rhode Island 2014 elections," accessed April 7, 2015
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