Bill on online voter registration to be heard this week

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Making it easier to vote in Rhode Island is the aim of two bills moving through the state’s General Assembly.

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill to allow online voter registration.

Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea says it makes registering to vote more convenient.

A similar measure had wide support from lawmakers last year but they were unable to pass it before the end of the session in June.

Gorbea has also expressed support for a bill that would allow in-person early voting beginning 20 days before an election, including on weekends.

The Judiciary Committee is holding that bill for further study. Its sponsor is state Rep. Christopher Blazejewski, a Providence Democrat.

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