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Copyright www.flags.net/UNST.htm Rhode Island
Governor:1(Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms)
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 2)
2000 Census:1,049,662 (0.37% of 281,998,273)
2004, 2008 Electors:4(0.74% of 538)
2002-2010 Representatives:2(0.46% of 435)
2010 Census:1,055,247 (0.34% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electors:4(0.74% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:2(0.46% of 435)
Capital:Providence
 

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Official Name/Status   All States
 The STATE of Rhode Island
 Full Official Name: The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
 Status: STATE of the Union
 Ratified Articles of Confederation: 9 February 1778. this State formally adhered to the Articles on 9 July 1778 when the document was signed by its delegates to the Seventh Continental Congress
 Ratified Constitution of the United States: 29 May 1790
  The 13th state.

Traditional Sections and Regions   All States
 Section: NORTHEAST
 Region: New England
 Survey: Metes & Bounds

Constitutions   All States     Links to State Constitutions
 Enabling Act: [None. One of the 13 original States which declared their independence from the nascent British Empire on 4 July 1776. Rhode Island (which had formally abjured allegiance to the Crown of Great Britain, in lieu of drafting a new Constitution for itself, on 4 May 1776) operated under its colonial Charter of 1663 until 1843]
 
1st (-) [Adopted: 18 November 1841 This was the so-called "People's Constitution", framed by a Convention convened on 4 October 1841; calling for an independent Judiciary and universal manhood suffrage (both long denied by the colonial Charter of 1663 under which the State then operated), this document set the stage for "Dorr's Rebellion" (Thomas Dorr was elected Governor under this "People's Constitution" on 18 April 1842 but was strongly rebuffed by the State government under the Charter in his attempt to organize the State government along the lines of this "People's Constitution" on 3 May 1842), Ratified: 29 December 1841 ratified by the Town Meetings]
2nd (1843-) [Adopted: 5 November 1842 This was the so-called "Freeman's Constitution": originally adopted by a Convention called by the legislature (in an attempt to answer the "People's Constitution"), it was rejected by the Town Meetings, 23 March 1842. The Convention reconvened, 12 September 1842 and drafted a modified version of the "Freeman's Constitution" that now incorporated at least some of the features of the "People's Constitution" ratified in December 1841, Ratified: 23 November 1842 ratified by the Town Meetings; effective, 2 May 1843]


Executive Branch   All States
 
Chief Executive
  GOVERNOR
Successor to a Vacancy
  Lieutenant Governor [elected separately from GOVERNOR]
 
 
Major Executive Officers Elected Statewide   All States   2017 Office holders
  Governor: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
  Lieutenant Governor: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018
  Secretary of State: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
  Attorney General: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
  General Treasurer: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

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Legislature
  GENERAL ASSEMBLY
 
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  House of Representatives

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Court of Last Resort
  Supreme Court
 


Local Government
 
   
PRIMARY CIVIL DIVISION  All States
  county [Type: Vestigial, Executive and Legislative: no associated governmental structure]
 MINOR CIVIL DIVISION  All States
   TOWN [Type: Very Strong, Executive: Council, Legislative: TOWN MEETING]
 
Incorporated Municipalities  All States
 
Localities
    Rhode Island Civil Divisions and Municipalities
   

Statutory Election Information   All States
 
General Election   All States
  A meeting of the electors ... shall be held biennially in the even years on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November ... [General Laws of RI 17-18-5]
Presidential Primary   All States
  (1996-2011) 1st Tuesday in March of Presidential Election years
[General Laws of RI 17-12.1-1]
  (2011--) ... fourth Tuesday in April 2012, and every fourth year thereafter
[General Laws of RI 17-12.1-1]
State Primary   All States
  2d Tuesday after 1st Monday in September of even-numbered years [General Laws of RI 17-15-1].
Regular primary date falling on religious holiday. In the event that the date for the ... primary election ... falls upon ... a religious holiday, the primary shall be held upon the next business day, other than Saturday .... [General Laws of RI § 17-15-2]
Party designation. � (a) Whenever any person registers to vote, that person may designate his or her party affiliation, or ... that he or she is not affiliated with any political party. ... (c) Whenever any person participates [votes -Ed] in a party primary, that act shall serve as identifying the person as being affiliated with the party... [General Laws of RI 17-9.1-23]
Polling times   All States
  (--2011) Elective meetings ... shall be opened for the purpose of voting at the hours specified for each particular city or town as designated in the specific time ... (polls open 7 am to 9 am by location; as late as 12 noon by location for Presidential Primaries -Ed) [General Laws of RI 17-18-10].
Elective meetings in all cities and towns shall be continuously kept open for voting until 9 p.m. [General Laws of RI 17-18-11, also 17-15-28].
  (2012--) Elective meetings ... shall be opened for the purpose of voting at the hours specified for each particular city or town as designated in the specific time ... (polls open 7 am to 9 am by location; as late as 12 noon by location for Presidential Primaries -Ed) [General Laws of RI 17-18-10].
Elective meetings in all cities and towns shall be continuously kept open for voting until 8 p.m. [General Laws of 17-18-11.].


Links  Links to other web sites
 
Constitution    All States
  http://www.sec.state.ri.us/rihist/riconst.htm
Election Authority
  Office of the Secretary of State
  Rhode Island Board of Elections
Legislature    All States
  The State of Rhode Island General Assembly
Democratic
  Democratic Party of Rhode Island
Republican
  Rhode Island Republicans
Third Party
  Constitution Party of Rhode Island
  Green Party of Rhode Island
  Green Party of Rhode Island
  Justice Party of Rhode Island
  Libertarian Party of Rhode Island
  Rhode Island Right to Life
Media & others
  Anchor Rising
  College Hill Independent - Brown / RISD - Providence
  East Bay Newspapers
  Inside Politics - Darrell West, Brown University, Providence
  Politicker.com - Rhode Island
  Politics1.com - Rhode Island
  Providence Business News
  Providence Daily Dose
  Rhode Island Public Radio - NPR - Providence
  Rhode Island's Future
  RICentral - Wakefield
  South County Independent - Wakefield
  The Newport Daily News
  The Pawtucket Times
  The Providence Journal
  The Valley Breeze - Cumberland
  The Westerly Sun
  Warren Times Gazette
  Warwick Beacon
  WHJJ-920 AM (talk radio)-Providence
  WJAR TV - NBC - Providence
  WLNE TV - ABC - Providence
  Woonsocket Call
  WPRI TV - FOX - East Providence
  WPRO AM - Citadel - East Providence
 
 


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