I've also been working on legislation to make the operations of the RI Board of Elections, the linchpin of our democratic system, more transparent and effective. To bring the Board of Elections into the 21st century we should make these changes.
* As a member of the legislative commission that recommended our current paper ballot voting system, I remember clearly that the primary reason we chose paper ballots over touch screen voting machines was the hard record provided by a marked ballot. Our laws must make clear that mail ballots and ballots cast at polling places exist to determine voter intent and must be available to be examined for recounts and auditing.
* The RI Board of Elections should be bound by the requirements of the Administrative Procedures Act, the APA. The APA requires most governing bodies to give public notice prior to adopting or changing rules or regulations. I don't think our Board of Elections should be able to operate outside the APA, to make decisions that affect the integrity of the electoral process without advance public notice.
* RI Election law needs to make clear that our polling places are public places, open to all to observe so long as they do not campaign or obstruct the orderly process.