RI Legislative Black and Latino Caucus issues statement on House passage of the ‘Let RI Vote Act’

 

            STATE HOUSE – The Rhode Island Legislative Black and Latino Caucus, chaired by Rep. Karen Alzate, is issuing the following statement concerning the passage of the Let RI Vote Act by the House of Representatives today:

            “The Rhode Island Black and Latino Caucus is a strong supporter of the Let RI Vote Act and we are thankful that our House colleagues joined us and supported passage of this important bill.  Voting access is critical to the proper functioning of our society and this bill is the key to ensuring safe and secure voting access for all of our residents.  As others before us have fought for voting rights for individuals of color and women, the RI Legislative Black and Latino Caucus will continue to advocate for expanding and enhancing voter access while also fighting against voter suppression tactics and polices,” said Representative Alzate (D-Dist. 60, Pawtucket).

            The legislation (2022-H 7100A), sponsored by House Majority Whip Katherine S. Kazarian (D-Dist. 63, East Providence), makes mail voting easier by allowing online mail ballot applications, and permitting any voter to use a mail ballot or an emergency mail ballot without needing an excuse for why they can’t visit their polling location on Election Day.

            The Rhode Island Legislative Black and Latino Caucus represents and advocates for the interests of disadvantaged people throughout the State of Rhode Island. It seeks to increase a diverse participation and representation in all levels of government. The goal is to close, and ultimately to eliminate, disparities that still exist between white and non-white Americans in every aspect of life.

 

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