- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Bake sales would be allowed at polling places on Election Day in legislation that has passed the state Senate.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1gE23RO ) that the bill approved Wednesday permits bake sales at polling places if it does not interfere with elections. The measure passed 31 to 1.

Cranston’s parent-teacher organization sponsored Election Day bake sales as fundraisers for years until Robert Kando, the state Board of Elections executive director, said sales could be considered an interference with the election process, which is a felony.

The school district canceled the fundraisers.

Sen. Frank Lombardi, D-Cranston, said he introduced the legislation because the Board of Elections apparently interprets state law to mean that bake sales would hinder elections.

Companion legislation in the House is in committee.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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