- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed into law a bill that makes Rhode Island the 35th state to offer online voter registration.

The law requires Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea to create a website letting voters register or update their information.

It passed both chambers of the General Assembly last week.

Gorbea says it’s a convenience for voters and improves the accuracy of voter rolls.

It was introduced with her backing by Sen. Gayle Goldin and Rep. Aaron Regunberg, both Providence Democrats.

Republican senators voted against it, citing concerns about voter fraud.

Raimondo, a Democrat, signed the bill Wednesday.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says 31 states now have online voter registration. Rhode Island joins three others that have passed legislation but where electronic voter registration is not yet active.

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