State Archives opens new exhibit on the history of voting
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The State Archives has opened a new exhibit on the history of voting.
The exhibit is called "Voting in Rhode Island: 380 years of 'I voted.'" It runs through Nov. 23 at the State Archives in Providence.
It includes 19th and 20th century ballots and ballot readers and original 17th century documents about election results and the earliest legislation providing for proxy and absentee voting.
Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea says that when people understand how the mechanics of voting and the administration of elections have evolved, they'll understand the importance of voting in the future.
An "I'm a Voter" selfie station is outside the state archives so voters can show their commitment to voting.
The State Archives will have extended hours on Sept. 25 for National Voter Registration Day.