The Newport Democratic Town Committee invites Newport voters and candidates to attend a signature collection event on July 6

The Newport Democratic Town Committee (NDCC) invites declared candidates and all registered Newport voters to attend a signature collection event on July 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the lawn of the Newport Elks Lodge.

Candidates for federal, state, and local public office, as well as candidates for state and local party committees, must collect signatures from registered voters in their district in order to be placed on the ballot. The number of signatures required varies depending on the office sought.

NDCC President Susan Taylor said, “The NDCC honors the political process and applauds candidates who step up to serve their communities. Collecting signatures is a long-standing political tradition that affirms community support for those who wish to represent us, and we are delighted to host this event. We encourage all Newport voters to come meet the candidates and join in this celebration of our political process.

There are no restrictions on the number of nomination papers a person can sign. The signing of a declaration of candidacy does not constitute a commitment to vote for this candidate. Your signature will only count once for each applicant. All nominations must be returned by July 15 at 4 p.m. to the Newport canvassing authority.

Candidates are requested to bring their declaration of candidacy as well as clipboards and pens for signatures. A limited number of tables will be available for applicants and they are encouraged to bring a folding table if they wish.

More information for candidates and voters is available on the RI Secretary of State’s website: https://vote.sos.ri.gov/Candidates/Nominations

This week, all candidates for local and statewide office must file their nomination papers.

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