Periodic Updating of Voter Registration Records (410-RICR-20-00-21)
410-RICR-20-00-21 ACTIVE RULE
A.The Rhode Island State Board of Elections has promulgated the within rules and regulations relative to the processing of changes in voter registration records in conjunction with the periodic updating of voter registration records of all persons registered to vote in the several cities and towns of the State of Rhode Island as mandated by R.I. Gen. Laws § . The Rules adopted by the State Board of Elections are established in accordance with R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter , as amended.
B.Said rules and regulations are established in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act (R.I. Gen. Laws § , et al.) and available for public inspection, submissions or requests at the Office of the Secretary of State, Documents and Records Division, 337 Westminster St, Providence, Rhode Island.
C.In order to provide uniformity to the confirmation process and updating of voter registration records in conjunction with the United States Postal Service (USPS), National Change of Address (NCOA) Program records, each of the local canvassing authorities shall be required to process information received through the National Change of Address Program as follows:
1.The Office of the Secretary of State will send the state Central Voter Registration System (CVRS) list to a USPS certified vendor for comparison against the list provided by the NCOA Program and will provide the local canvassing authority with the information obtained from the NCOA Program. This information will be provided electronically through the CVRS.
2.In accordance with R.I. Gen. Laws § , when the NCOA Program detects an address change for any voter, the local board of canvassers shall institute the confirmation process described in R.I. Gen. Laws § . Accordingly, all local boards of canvassers shall be responsible for conducting the confirmation process, maintaining all documents associated with same, and updating all records as necessary as mandated by state law.
4.A mailing, using the form prescribed by the State Board of Elections ("NCOA notice"), shall be sent to each voter at the address currently on file with the local board of canvassers and at the address provided through the NCOA Program. The local canvassing authority must include the voter's name and address as it appears on the voting list in "Block A" on the form. They must also fill in "Block B" with the name of the voter and the address provided by the vendor for the National Change of Address Program. The prescribed form is attached* to these rules and regulations and made a part thereof. Local boards must advise voters, by providing the appropriate date in the space provided the form, that they must respond to the form within fourteen (14) days of the date the form was mailed to the voter.
5.Sufficient postage must be affixed by the local boards for first class forward mailing of these forms to the voter. Postage to return the completed notice shall be the responsibility of the voter. All forms will be pre-addressed to be returned to the State Board of Elections where they will be sorted, recorded and forwarded to the appropriate local boards of canvassers.
6.Upon receipt of the completed forms, local boards shall proceed to implement the next step in the confirmation process based upon the information received from the voter on the returned form or the failure of the voter to return the form. Said procedures are outlined in the chart attached* to these rules and regulations and made a part hereof. Local boards must implement this step in the process as outlined on the chart under the heading "Action Taken By Local Board of Canvassers" forthwith upon receiving the voter's completed "NCOA notice" from the State Board of Elections.
7.Any situations not addressed on the chart will be handled on a case by case basis with the State Board of Elections making a determination after a review of the matter.
D.By the order of the Rhode Island State Board of Elections. Adopted at a meeting of the State Board of Elections held on the 15th day of November 2007.
E.*The prescribed form will be automatically generated through the CVRS and a procedure chart for NCOA changes may be obtained by visiting the Board of Elections at 50 Branch Avenue, Providence, RI 02904 or by calling (401) 222-2345.
ACTION TAKEN BY VOTER
ACTION TAKEN BY STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS
ACTION TAKEN BY LOCAL BOARD OF CANVASSERS
Voter returns NCOA notice advising that voter has not moved and still lives at the address in Block A.
NCOA notice forwarded to city/town listed in Block A.
Board of Canvassers makes notation on voter's record that voter did not move and the voter remains registered at the address listed in Block A.
Voter returns NCOA notice advising that voter has moved to an address within the city/town listed in Block A.
NCOA notice forwarded to city/town listed in Block A.
Board of Canvassers makes change of address to new address shown on the voter registration card and sends an acknowledgement to the voter within 7 days.
Voter returns NCOA notice advising that voter has moved to a different city/town in Rhode Island.
NCOA notice forwarded to city/town of new address.
Board of Canvassers in new city/town will process new registration and send an acknowledgement to the voter at the new address. Former city/town will remove voter from records when the new city/town notifies them electronically.
Voter returns NCOA notice advising that voter has moved out of Rhode Island.
NCOA notice forwarded to city or town of address listed in Block A
Board of Canvassers may execute removal.
Voter does not respond to NCOA mailing and the address in Block A and Block B were in same city/town.
Board of Canvassers makes change of address to new address shown in Block B within 30 days of mailing NCOA notice and sends acknowledgement to voter at new address.
Voter does not respond to NCOA mailing and the address in Block A and Block B were not in the same city/town.
Board of Canvassers in city/town listed in Block A places voter on inactive list. If voter does not vote in 2 federal elections after NCOA mailing date, local board of canvassers may execute removal within 30 days. Final notice to voter at each known address.
"Block A" refers to the address from which the voter is currently registered. "Block B" refers to the address provided by the NCOA Program vendor.
|Title||410||Board of Elections|
|Part||21||Periodic Updating of Voter Registration Records (410-RICR-20-00-21)|
|Type of Filing||Periodic Refile|
R.I. Gen. Laws Title 17
§§ 17-9.1-26 and 17-9.1-27
Purpose and Reason: