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Rhode Island ACLU v. Board of Elections

Case Information

Date Filed: September 11, 2008
State: Rhode Island
Issue: Voter Registration
Courts that Heard this Case: Providence Superior Court (Case )

Issue:

R.I. Gen. Laws § 17-1-3 permits a person who has not registered to vote to appear at his or her city or town hall and cast a vote in a presidential election.  The Rhode Island Board of Elections has adopted a new administrative regulation that allows towns and cities to designate a different location for this same day voter registration procedure if "voting in a city or town hall has become impracticable due to inadequacy of the available facilities or other concerns."  The issue is whether this newly adopted administrative regulation impermissibly conflicts with R.I. Gen. Laws § 17-1-3.

Status:

NOTICE: The electronic docket for this case is not freely available to the public. Filings in this case are not being monitored on a daily basis. Select documents will be added to this page when possible.

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