About Nellie M. Gorbea

Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea made history when she was sworn in on January 6, 2015, becoming the first Hispanic elected to statewide office in New England. She has rapidly emerged on the national scene as a leader who is taking on some of the toughest issues and getting results, leading the way for other states across the country.

Just three years into her first term, she has:

Secretary Nellie Gorbea provides insights on elections and cybersecurity

On February 10, 2018, Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea served as an expert panelist on the topic of elections security. The panel was part of a day-long information session organized by the US Elections Assistance Commission (EAC) and held at the National Press Club in Washington DC. Secretary Gorbea was able to highlight the success that Rhode Island's Department of State has had as it has worked to ensure the integrity and improving  the security of elections while expanding access to the ballot box. 

Watch Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea on Newsmakers


Secretary Gorbea was featured on Newsmakers to talk about Rhode Island's election system and the exciting new changes being made to improve voting. She sat down with Tom White and Ted Nesi to talk about reducing costs, protecting against cyber attacks, and the top two changes that need to be made for future elections.



What are those top two changes? Gorbea listed: 

Get Involved Using the RI Government Owner's Manual

Thanks to the hard work of Secretary Gorbea and her staff, the 2017-2018 Rhode Island Government Owner's Manual (RIGOM) has just been released. This publication provides up-to-date contact information for local and state officials, our Congressional delegation, and state agencies. Rhode Islanders have the power to fight for their interests by reaching out to representatives and asking questions about existing and proposed legislation, policy stances, and community events.

This manual is available for free at the following Department of State office locations:

Secretary Gorbea Celebrates Rhode Island Civic Leaders

Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea handed out the 2017 Rhode Island Civic Leadership Award to two impressive high schools students who demonstrated a strong commitment to giving back to their schools and communities. Additionally, 130 students were honored for work on issues such as homelessness and food insecurity. Congratulations to all of our student civic leaders! 

Rhode Island Enacts Online Voter Registration

Making online voter registration a reality was one of Secretary Gorbea's key campaign commitments. Secretary Gorbea worked with Senators Senators Goldin, Lynch Prata, Conley, Lombardi, and Walaska, and Representatives Regunberg, Keable, Handy, Blazejewski, and Barros to craft this important piece of legislation. On April 6, 2016, Governor Gina Raimondo signed and enacted Rhode Island's new online voter registration law.

Secretary Gorbea Reviews RI Presidential Preference Primary

On April 30th, 2016, the Providence Journal published a commentary by Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea on the Presidential Preference Primary on April 26th.  To read Secretary Gorbea's commentary you can go to http://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/20160430/nellie-m-gorbea-primar....

Gorbea selected for national leadership role among Secretaries of State

Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea has been appointed to lead the National Association of Secretaries of States' Standing Committee on Voter Participation for the 2015-2016 cycle. Gorbea will co-chair the committee with Secretary of State John Merrill of Alabama.

Rhode Island set to modernize its voting equipment

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island is modernizing its voting equipment.

Governor Raimondo signed legislation Thursday authorizing Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea to purchase upgraded voting equipment and software to replace current gear that is nearly two decades old. Gorbea says she wants to modernize the equipment as part of a review of the entire elections process. She says she wants to find ways to make it easier to vote and engage more people.

Supporting Team Nellie

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