In the spring of 2012 the General Assembly completed the once-a-decade redistricting process, and approved this map as the new boundaries of District 8. The boundaries run down the middle of the border streets, so if you live on the north side of Westminster St, you're in district; the south side is not.
To register for the September 11, 2012 primary election, print out the form from the Board of Elections website, complete it and mail it in to the Providence Board of Canvassers at City Hall (Room 102, 25 Dorrance St, Providence 02903). The deadline to register as a new voter, or to change your address, is August 11, 2012.
Can I vote with an emergency or mail ballot?
Yes! This year's election is the first with what's called "no-excuse" early voting through mail ballots. If you may not be able to get to your polling place on September 11th, you have until August 21, 2012 to complete and return this application for a mail ballot to the Providence Board of Canvassers
If you learn you will have difficulty voting at the polling place for any reason after August 21, you can visit the Providence Board of Canvassers and ask for an emergency ballot until September 10th. Your emergency mail ballot must be received by the state Board of Elections in Providence no later than 8 pm on September 11, 2012.
If you have already requested a mail ballot, please watch for it on the mail. Please USE A PENCIL to mark the blue ballot and sign the Certificate of Voter in front of two witnesses (family members are allowed) or a Notary Public. Place the blue ballot inside the smaller envelope and seal. Insert this envelope into the larger meter-stamped enveloped addressed to the Board of Elections, 50 Branch Avenue, Providence, RI 02904 and mail!
If you're having trouble navigating any step of this, we'd love to help. You can call Libby at (401) 595-1807, or the Board of Elections at (401) 222-2340
What is a State Representative?
There are two chambers in the Rhode Island General Assembly, our state-level legislative branch of government. These are the House and the Senate. Libby will be one of 75 state representatives in the House; one of 13 to represent Providence. There are also 38 state senators in the General Assembly, including seven to represent Providence.
What does a State Representative do?
In Rhode Island, we have a part-time General Assembly, which traditionally meets January through June. With persistent budget woes however, the need to pass supplemental budgets to cover the shortfalls have meant legislators return even in the off months.
The State House on Smith Hill in Providence is where lawmakers meet, debate and vote on everything from the mundane (creating a statewide holiday or renaming a street), to the necessary (creating the budget that funds all state departments such as schools, and functions like snow removal), and all laws in between, like passing environmental protection legislation and banning texting while driving.
The House is primarily responsible for passing a budget and the Senate is primarily responsible for appointments to commissions and courts. On all other matters, the two bodies are equal.
Who has endorsed Libby Kimzey for State Representative?
We are thrilled to share the following groups have endorsed our energetic grassroots campaign to bring new leadership to our communities:
Mayor Angel Taveras
RI Progressive Democrats of America
Clean Water Action PAC
RI Latino Political Action Committee,
Planned Parenthood Votes! RI
Fight Back RI (PAC arm of Marriage Equality RI)
Ocean State Action PAC
RI National Association of Social Workers
RI National Organization for Women
Providence Kickball League
Green Party of Rhode Island
Amalgamated Transit Union Division 618 (RIPTA Bus Drivers, etc)
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 328 (workers at Stop & Shop, Eastside Marketplace, several local credit unions, the Recycling Center at the Johnston Landfill, etc)
UNITE HERE Local 217 (workers at Westin Hotel, RI Convention Center, Twin Rivers Casino)
Rhode Island Sierra Club