'RI'ers Can Trust Integrity Of Elections,' Says Sec. Of State Gorbea Amid Concerns Of Voter Fraud

Oct 27, 2016

Polling place in Foster during the primary election
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea hosted a roundtable Thursday to address questions about cyber security and voter fraud.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his supporters have raised the issue of voter fraud, and the proliferation of online vote counting systems has also raised concerns about security. A recent review by The Providence Journal found thousands more people on the voter rolls than expected.

Dana Chisnell who leads the Center For Civic Design, and works on elections administration says this happens whenever someone moves, or passes away, and it’s an issue nationwide.

"Most people assume that there’s some mechanism for notifying the election department or the secretary of state’s office when they move, but there isn’t usually," said Chisnell.

Chisnell does not believe this leads to voter fraud. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea – whose job includes overseeing elections – has convened a public forum with city and town clerks, election workers, and voting equipment manufacturers.

They’ll address issues including equipment security, voters’ rights, and what will happen on Election Day.