In less than a year, Rhode Islanders will be able to participate in one of the most remarkable exercises a group of people bound by citizenship and residency can participate in — elections. On Sept. 9, 2014, Rhode Island will hold primary elections. On Nov. 4, 2014, it will hold general statewide elections and almost all municipal elections.
We trust that elections will be fair and held with integrity, but it is key to our democracy that the electoral system works flawlessly as well. When elections are not run smoothly, it can easily result in citizens’ not being able to vote.