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Rhode IslandElection Calendar 2016A guide for elections [email protected] guide was produced bythe Rhode Island Department of StateNellie M. GorbeaSecretary of State

Dear Local Elections Official:As your Secretary of State, I am working hard to engage and empower allRhode Islanders and ensure that our elections are fair, fast, and accurate.This digital guide contains all of the information and key dates you willneed to administer the September primary and November’s generalelection.Some of the information included in this guide: Filing dates for candidates Voter registration deadlines Contact info for fellow elections officialsWe also encourage you to print out the flyers on the final pages of thisguide to post in your offices for local voters. While this guide is offeredelectronically to make it easier for you to share it with your colleagues, weare happy to provide a hard copy of the guide or the Voter ID flyer uponrequest. If you need additional information, please contact our ElectionsDivision at 401-222-2340, TTY 711 or [email protected] can and must be effective, transparent and accountable tothe people it serves in order to succeed. That can only happen when weall participate. As a local elections official, I know that you work hard tomake sure that Rhode Islanders who are eligible to vote, participate in ourdemocratic process. I thank you for also working to make sure that ourelections run smoothly.Sincerely,Nellie M. GorbeaSecretary of State

Table of ContentsElection Calendar Highlights. 42016 Election Calendar and Explanations . 52016 Campaign Finance Calendar. 14Qualifications for Elective Office. 16Polling Place Hours. 17Contact InformationLocal Boards of Canvassers. 18State Elections and Political Party Offices. 19Department of State’s Website. 19Voter ID Poster. 20Register to Vote Poster. 21Notes:› Rhode Island General Laws, [RIGL §17-1-7], provides for a uniform deadline of 4 p.m. unlessanother time is specified.› The determinations herein are a matter of interpretation and are intended solely as a guide. Theydo not constitute official interpretation of state law.› All statutory references are to Title 17 of the Rhode Island General Laws, 1956, as amended as ofDecember 31, 2015.› The Department of State will post changes to Title 17 that affect this election calendar on ourwebsite at www.sos.ri.gov. There will be a link on the Elections Division page that will take you tothe status of any laws affecting the dates in this guide.Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea3

Election Calendar HighlightsMarch 29, 30 and 31Disaffiliation for candidatesMay 27Deadline to register to file Declaration of CandidacyJune 15June 27, 28 and 29Deadline for candidates to register to vote in order to be eligible to file aDeclaration of Candidacy.Last day for disaffiliation for primary votersDeclaration of Candidacy filing periodDeclaration of Candidacy filing period. (All candidates for federal office andindependent presidential electors file with the Department of State’s ElectionsDivision; all candidates for general assembly, local offices, district committeesand local committees file with local boards of canvassers where the candidate isa registered voter.)August 14Deadline to register to vote in the party primariesSeptember 13PARTY PRIMARIESOctober 9Deadline to register to vote in the general electionNovember 8GENERAL ELECTION4Election Calendar Guide – 2016

2016 ElectionCalendar and ExplanationsMarch 29, 30 and 31Disaffiliation - candidatesDeadline to file disaffiliation to run as a candidate. If you wish to run as acandidate and are affiliated with a political party other than the party in which youwish to run, you must disaffiliate at your local board of canvassers by this time.Deadline depends on date you file your Declaration of Candidacy.[RIGL §17-14-1.1]May 27 Registration - candidatesDeadline for candidates to register to vote in order to be eligible to file aDeclaration of Candidacy. Persons must be registered to vote at least 30 daysbefore filing their Declaration of Candidacy. [RIGL §17-14-1.2(a)]June 15June 27, 28 and 29June 30June 30Disaffiliation - primary votersDeadline for voters to disaffiliate (if necessary) at their local board of canvassersin order to vote in a different party’s primary. If you wish to disaffiliate you must doso at least 90 days prior to the primary. Unaffiliated voters may vote in any party’sprimary. [RIGL §17-9.1-24(a)]Declarations of CandidacyDates for filing declarations to be candidates in primaries or to be independentcandidates in the general election. Candidates for federal office and independentpresidential electors file with the Department of State’s Elections Division.Candidates for general assembly, local offices, district committees and localcommittees file with local boards of canvassers where the candidate is registeredto vote. [RIGL §17-14-1]Party nominationsFor any state office for which no primary nomination has been made and anylocal office for which no nomination has been made by any authorized city,town, ward, or district committee or any duly authorized subcommittee, statecommittees of political parties may file party nominations within 24 hours of thedeadline for the filing of declarations of candidacy in the same location wherethe individual nominated would have filed their declaration of candidacy for suchoffice. [RIGL §17-12-2(3)]District endorsementsDistrict committees file with local boards of canvassers lists of candidates havingdistrict committee endorsement (senatorial and representative district committeesfrom the City of Providence file with the Department of State’s Elections Division).To be filed not later than the day after the final day for filing declarations ofcandidacy. [RIGL §17-12-11(b)(2)(c)]Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea5

June 30July 1City/Town/Ward endorsementsCity, town and ward committees file with local boards of canvassers lists of localcandidates having committee endorsements. To be filed not later than the dayafter the final day for filing declarations of candidacy. [RIGL §17-12-11(a)(1)]State committee endorsementsState committee notifies the Department of State’s Elections Division of theendorsement of candidates to be voted upon by congressional district. To befiled not later than the second day after the final day for filing declarations ofcandidacy.State committee to file with local boards of canvassers lists of candidateshaving committee endorsement when city, town or district committees havefailed or neglected to do so. To be filed within 24 hours after city, town or districtcommittees have failed to endorse. [RIGL §17-12-4]July 6Nomination papersFirst day nomination papers are available. Candidates for federal office andindependent presidential electors (or their designees) obtain nominationpapers from the Department of State’s Elections Division. Candidates (or theirdesignees) for the following offices from the City of Providence obtain theirnomination papers from the Department of State’s Elections Division: senator,representative, and senatorial and representative district committees. All othergeneral assembly, local office, district committee and local committee candidatesobtain nomination papers from local boards of canvassers where they filed theirdeclaration. Local board prepares within 2 business days of the final day of filingendorsements. (July 1st is final day for endorsement; July 2nd is a Saturday; July3rd is a Sunday; July 4th is a holiday; July 5th is first business day; July 6th issecond business day.) [RIGL §17-1-7]Persons other than candidates picking up nomination papers from theDepartment of State’s Elections Division (148 West River Street, Providence, RI)must have written authorization from the candidate. [RIGL §17-14-4(a)(c)]July 15July 18July 186Election Calendar Guide – 2016Nomination papers - COMPLETEDAll candidates (or their designees) except electors for independent presidentialcandidates, file completed nomination papers with local boards of canvassers.To be filed on or before the 60th day before the primary. [RIGL §17-14-11]Objections to candidates for local officesFinal date to file objections to eligibility of candidates or sufficiency of nominationpapers for local offices. Objections to be filed with the local board of canvassersthe next business day after the final date for filing nomination papers. (July 16this a Saturday; July 17th is a Sunday; July 18th is the first business day.)[RIGL §17-14-13]Withdrawals of candidates from local officesFinal date for local candidates to file withdrawals of candidacy. To be filed wherenomination papers were filed. Note: in the event an objection has been filed,withdrawal to be filed within 24 hours of decision. [RIGL §17-14-15]

July 20July 21July 22July 22July 22 at 5 p.m.July 22 at 5 p.m.July 25August 1Decisions on objections to candidates for local officesLocal boards of canvassers to make decisions on objections to eligibility ofcandidates or sufficiency of nomination papers for candidates for local offices.Decisions to be made within 2 days of objections, exclusive of Sundays andholidays. [RIGL §17-14-14(b)(c)]Nomination papers - certificationLast day for local boards of canvassers to file primary and independentnomination papers for federal and state offices, and certifications for local officeswith the Department of State’s Elections Division. Local boards to file not laterthan 54 days prior to the primary. [RIGL §17-14-12]Objections to candidates for federal and state officesFinal date to file objections to eligibility of candidates or sufficiency of nominationpapers for all federal and state offices. Objections to be filed with the Departmentof State’s Elections Division by the next business day after the final date for filingnomination papers. [RIGL §17-14-13]Withdrawals of candidates from federal and state officesFinal date for federal and state candidates to file withdrawals of candidacy. Tobe filed where nomination papers were filed. Note: in the event an objection hasbeen filed, withdrawal to be filed within 24 hours of decision. [RIGL §17-14-15]Lottery for primary ballotThe Department of State will conduct a lottery to determine ballot placement forunendorsed federal and state party candidates on primary ballots. The lotterywill be held at 5 p.m. in the Governor’s State Room, State House. If decisionrendered on July 25th removes a candidate involved in the lottery, candidate’sname will be removed from the ballot. [RIGL §17-15-8]Lottery for election ballotThe Department of State will conduct a lottery to determine ballot placementof recognized political parties and independent candidates (except electors forindependent presidential candidates - see September 16) for the general electionballots. The lottery will be held at 5 p.m. in the Governor’s State Room, StateHouse. [RIGL §17-19-9.1]Decisions on objections to candidates for federal and state officesBoard of Elections to make decisions on objections to eligibility of candidatesor sufficiency of nomination papers for candidates for federal and state offices.Decisions to be made within 2 days of objections, exclusive of Sundays andholidays. [RIGL §17-14-14(a)(b)]Submit list of officials - primariesCity/Town committees submit names to local board of canvassers of registeredvoters who will serve as wardens, moderators, supervisors and clerks.[RIGL §§17-11-11, 17-15-13]Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea7

August 1August 9August 10August 13August 14August 19Braille/tactile mail ballot requestsFinal date for those voters who are blind or visually impaired to request a Brailleor a tactile primary mail ballot from their local board of canvassers.[RIGL §17-19-8.1(b)]Appointment of officials - primariesLocal boards of canvassers to appoint wardens, moderators, supervisors andclerks at least 35 days prior to the primaries. [RIGL §17-15-13]Local questionsLocal boards of canvassers to certify to the Department of State’s ElectionsDivision a copy of each question to be submitted to the electors of the city ortown. To be done not later than the 90th day before the election. [RIGL §17-19-7]Canvass noticeLocal boards of canvassers to post and advertise notice of canvass at least 10days prior to canvass. Notice to be posted not later than August 13th in order forcanvass to be conducted by August 23rd. [RIGL §17-10-5(a)]Voter registration deadline - primariesFinal date for voter registration for primaries. Registration must be made at least30 days prior to the primary. [RIGL §§17-1-3, 17-1-7]Voter lists - preliminaryLocal boards of canvassers to prepare and post preliminary lists of voters eligibleto vote in the primaries. To be posted forthwith after close of voter registration forthe primary.In accordance with chapter 17-9.1, certain registrations processed on the lastday to register to vote are allowed a 5-day transmittal period. Accordingly, localboards of canvassers cannot prepare and post preliminary lists of eligible votersuntil after this 5-day transmittal period. [RIGL §17-10-3(a)]Within 5 days of postingof preliminary voting listAugust 23August 238Election Calendar Guide – 2016Voter lists - names erroneously included or omittedAffidavit to be filed with local boards of canvassers by person claiming that theirname has been erroneously included or omitted from the preliminary voting lists.To be done within 5 days of posting of preliminary voting lists. [RIGL §17-13-2]Mail ballot applicationsFinal date to submit application for a regular mail ballot for primaries. To bereceived by local boards of canvassers not later than 21 days prior to primaries.[RIGL §17-20-2.1(c)]Voter listsLocal boards of canvassers are to canvass and correct voting lists before the20th day prior to primaries (20th day is August 24th – must be done before thisdate). [RIGL §17-10-5(a)]

August 24August 26August 26September 2Emergency mail ballotsBeginning of the period for emergency mail ballot applications for those voterswhose circumstances necessitating a mail ballot arise during the period fromAugust 24th through September 12th at 4 p.m. [RIGL §17-20-2.2(a)(b)]Voting lists - final - primariesLocal boards of canvassers to post final corrected copies of voting lists forprimaries. [RIGL §§17-10-5(a), 17-10-14]Mail ballots - certificationFinal day for local boards of canvassers to certify mail ballot applications tothe Department of State’s Elections Division not later than 18 days prior to theprimaries, or within 7 days of receipt, whichever occurs first.[RIGL §17-20-10(c)]Posting notice - primariesLocal boards of canvassers to post notice of primaries in each voting district.To be done at least 8 days prior to primaries. Local boards of canvassers maysubstitute posting of notices by publication in the newspaper (September 5th isLabor Day). [RIGL §17-15-17]September 6 Party officials - primariesLocal boards of canvassers to appoint watchers, checkers and runners forprimaries. Appointments to be made from lists provided by city and town partycommittees at least 10 days prior to the primaries (September 3rd is a Saturdayand September 5th is Labor Day). [RIGL §17-15-13(c)]September 9Nomination papers – completed – presidential electors forindependent presidential candidatesAll presidential electors for independent presidential candidates submitnomination papers to local boards of canvassers. To be filed on or before the60th day before election. [RIGL §17-14-11]September 12 at 4 p.m.September 13Emergency ballot applicationsFinal date to submit application for emergency ballot for primaries. To be receivedby local boards of canvassers not later than 4 p.m. [RIGL §17-20-2.2(b)]Party Primaries[RIGL §17-15-1]September 13 at 8 p.m.Mail ballotsFinal date for receipt of mail ballots by Board of Elections for primaries. Must bereceived by the Board of Elections at 50 Branch Avenue, Providence, RI not laterthan 8 p.m. [RIGL §17-20-16]Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea9

September 14Tabulation of returnsLocal boards of canvassers to meet and tabulate city and town primary returnsas the case may be, and announce results. Certificates of nomination or electionnot to be issued until expiration of period for requesting recount, and if recount isrequested, following decision thereon. [RIGL §17-15-30(a)]September 14Recount requestsFinal date for candidates to request Board of Elections to conduct a recount ofvotes cast at a specific voting location or locations, or for filing other protestsconcerning the primary. Must be filed not later than the day following theprimaries. [RIGL §17-15-34]September 15Nomination papers – certification – presidential electors forindependent presidential candidatesLocal boards of canvassers to file nomination papers for presidential electors forindependent presidential candidates with the Department of State’s ElectionsDivision. Local boards shall certify nomination papers to the Department ofState’s Elections Division not later than 54 days before the date of the election.[RIGL §17-14-12]September 15Names of party and independent presidential candidatesThe secretary or duly authorized individual of each national party shall certify tothe Department of State’s Elections Division the names of individuals nominatedas the party’s candidates for president and vice president. The names ofindependent candidates for president and vice president must also be submittedby the authorized individual for those political organizations that have qualifiedindependent presidential electors. By regulation adopted May 15th, 1996 to befiled not later than 54 days before the date of the election.September 16Nomination papers – objections – presidential electors forindependent presidential candidatesFinal date to file objections to nomination papers for presidential electors forindependent presidential candidates. Objections must be filed by the nextbusiness day after the final date for filing nomination papers. [RIGL §17-14-13]September 16Nomination withdrawals – presidential electors for independentpresidential candidatesPresidential electors for independent presidential candidates file withdrawalswith the Department of State’s Elections Division. If an objection has been filed,withdrawals may be filed within 24 hours after the Board of Elections renders itsdecision. [RIGL §17-14-15]September 16 at 5 p.m.Lottery for presidential electors for independentpresidential candidatesThe Department of State will conduct a lottery to determine ballot placementof presidential electors for independent presidential candidates for the generalelection ballots. Lottery will be held at 5 p.m. in the State Library, State House.(If decision rendered on September 19th removes presidential electors for aparticular presidential candidate, the names will be removed from the ballot.)[RIGL §17-19-9.1]10Election Calendar Guide – 2016

September 16Filling vacanciesFinal date for filling vacancies caused whenever a nominee of a recognizedpolitical party removes themselves from the jurisdiction of the district or as acandidate for the office for which the nominee seeks election. In the event ofdeath, the vacancy can be filled at anytime. Vacancies must be filed in the samelocation where the individual would have filed their declaration of candidacy forsuch office. [RIGL §17-15-38(a)]September 16Local candidatesLocal boards of canvassers to certify to the Department of State’s ElectionsDivision the names of candidates for each local office and the party nameunder which they were nominated, and the names of all qualified independentcandidates for each local office. To be done not later than the third day followingthe date of the primaries. [RIGL §17-19-7]September 19Nomination papers – decisions – presidential electors forindependent presidential candidatesBoard of Elections to make decisions on objections to nomination papers forpresidential electors for independent presidential candidates. Decision to bemade within 2 days of objection, exclusive of Sundays and holidays.[RIGL §17-14-14]September 26Submit list of officials - general electionCity/Town committees submit names to local board of canvassers of registeredvoters who will serve as wardens, moderators, supervisors and clerks.[RIGL §§17-11-11, 17-11-13]September 26Braille/tactile mail ballot requestsFinal date for those voters who are blind or visually impaired to request a brailleor a tactile general election mail ballot from their local board of canvassers.[RIGL §17-19-8.1(b)]October 4Appointment of officials - general electionLocal boards of canvassers to appoint officials for general election. Appointmentsto be made from lists provided by city and town committees at least 35 days priorto the general election. [RIGL §§17-11-11, 17-11-13(a)]October 8Canvass noticeLocal boards of canvassers to post and advertise notice of canvass at least 10days prior to canvass. Notice to be posted not later than October 8th in order forcanvass to be conducted by October 18th. [RIGL §17-10-5(a)]October 9Voter registration – general electionFinal date for voter registration for the general election. Registration must bemade at least 30 days prior to the general election.[RIGL §§§17-1-3, 17-1-7, 17-9.1-3]Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea11

October 14Voter list – preliminaryLocal boards of canvassers must prepare and post preliminary lists of voterseligible to vote in the general election. To be posted forthwith after close of voterregistration for the general election.In accordance with Chapter 17-9.1, certain registrations processed on the lastday to register to vote are allowed a 5-day transmittal period. Accordingly, localboards of canvassers cannot prepare and post preliminary lists of eligible votersuntil after this 5-day transmittal period. [RIGL §17-10-3(a)]Within 5 days of postingof preliminary voting listVoter lists – names erroneously included or omittedAffidavit to be filed with local boards of canvassers by person claiming that theirname has been erroneously included or omitted from the preliminary voting lists.To be done within 5 days of posting of preliminary voting lists.[RIGL §§17-10-5, 17-13-2]October 14Party conventionsState conventions for political parties in Rhode Island shall be held not later thanOctober 14th. [RIGL §17-12-13]October 18Mail ballot applicationsFinal date to submit application for a regular mail ballot for the general election.To be received by local boards of canvassers not later than 21 days prior to thegeneral election.Exception: deadline to apply for a mail ballot to vote only for president and vicepresident is November 1st (Federal Voting Rights Act 1973aa-1(d)).[RIGL §17-20-2.1(c)]October 18Voter listsLocal boards of canvassers are to canvass and correct voting lists before the20th day prior to the general election (20th day is October 19th – must be donebefore this date). [RIGL §17-10-5(a)]October 19Emergency mail ballotsBeginning of the period for emergency mail ballot applications for those voterswhose circumstances necessitating a mail ballot arise during the period fromOctober 19th through November 7th at 4 p.m. [RIGL §17-20-2.2(a)(b)]October 21Voting lists – final – general electionLocal boards of canvassers to post final corrected copies of voting lists for thegeneral election. [RIGL §17-10-14]October 21Mail ballots – certificationFinal day for local boards of canvassers to certify mail ballot applications tothe Department of State’s Elections Division (not later than 18 days prior to thegeneral election, or within 7 days of receipt, whichever occurs first).[RIGL §17-20-10(c)]12Election Calendar Guide – 2016

November 1Warrants – postingFinal day for city and town clerks to issue and post warrants notifying of thegeneral election. To be issued and posted at least 7 days prior to Election Day.[RIGL §17-18-3]November 7 at 4 p.m.Emergency ballot applicationsFinal date to submit application for emergency ballot for the general election. Tobe received by local boards of canvassers not later than 4 p.m.[RIGL §17-20-2.2(b)]November 8Election Day[RIGL §17-18-5]November 8 at 8 p.m.Mail ballotsFinal date for receipt of mail ballots by Board of Elections for the general election.Must be received by Board of Elections at 50 Branch Avenue, Providence, RI, notlater than 8 p.m. [RIGL §17-20-16]November 15Recount requestsFinal date for candidates to request Board of Elections to conduct a recount ofvotes. Petition to be filed within 7 days after the election.[RIGL §§§17-1-7, 17-19-36, 17-19-37]December 19Presidential electorsMeeting of presidential electors to be held at the State House at noon.[RIGL §17-4-11]January, 2017Committees – organizationCity, town and district committees to organize. [RIGL §17-12-9(a)]Within 10 daysof organizationCommittees – filingsCity, town and district committees, within 10 days of organization, file lists ofofficers and members with the Department of State’s Elections Division and localboards of canvassers. [RIGL §17-12-9(c)]Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea13

2016 Campaign Finance CalendarNote: “NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION”Any candidate for public office, as defined in §17-25-3, is required to file a “Notice of Organization” with the Boardof Elections prior to receiving any contributions or expending any money in the furtherance or aid of his/hercandidacy or at the time of filing his/her declaration of candidacy, whichever occurs first. (Note: Persons who havea “Notice” on file with the Board of Elections and who regularly file reports with the Board are required to file anamended “Notice” whenever there is a change to information therein contained.)For further information regarding campaign finance requirements, contact:Rhode Island State Board of Elections50 Branch AvenueProvidence, Rhode Island 02904Phone: 401-222-2345 - Fax: 401-222-4424Email: [email protected] - Website: www.elections.ri.govFebruary 1 (not later than) POLITICAL PARTY COMMITTEES – TREASURERDesignation of a campaign treasurer by each state and municipal committee of apolitical party. [§17-25-9]March 1ANNUAL REPORTSEach state and municipal committee of a political party must file an annual reportsetting forth in the aggregate all contributions received and expenditures madeduring the previous calendar year. [§17-25-7(b)]May 2(For reporting period January 1, 2016 thru March 31, 2016)QUARTERLY ONGOING REPORTSReports are due from candidates, political parties, and political actioncommittees. [§17-25-11]August 1(For reporting period April 1, 2016 thru June 30, 2016)QUARTERLY ONGOING REPORTSReports are due from candidates*, political parties, and political action committees.* Candidates who file their “Notice of Organization” during the declarationperiod need not file this report. The first report of contributions received andexpenditures incurred shall be due as follows:› IF A CANDIDATE IN THE PRIMARY, the report for the period between the dateof declaration and August 15, 2016, shall be due on August 16, 2016.› IF NOT A CANDIDATE IN THE PRIMARY, the report for the period betweenthe date of declaration and October 10, 2016, shall be due on October 11, 2016.[§17-25-11]August 16(For reporting period July 1, 2016 thru August 15, 2016)PRE-PRIMARY REPORTSCandidates, political parties, and political action committees that are participatingin a primary must file reports 28 days prior to the party primaries.[§17-25-11(a)(2)]14Election Calendar Guide – 2016

September 6(For reporting period August 16, 2016 thru September 5, 2016)PRE-PRIMARY REPORTSCandidates, political parties, and political action committees that are participatingin a primary must file reports 7 days prior to the party primaries. [§17-25-11(a)(2)]October 11PRE-ELECTION REPORTSCandidates, political parties, and political action committees that are participatingin the election must file reports 28 days prior to the election.If the candidate, political party or political action committee:› PARTICIPATED IN THE PRIMARY (Does not include unsuccessful primarycandidates - See October 11, 2016) the reporting period is September 6, 2016thru October 10, 2016.› DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE PRIMARY the reporting period is July 1, 2016thru October 10, 2016. [§17-25-11(a)(2)]October 11(For reporting period September 6, 2016 thru October 10, 2016)POST-PRIMARY REPORTS – UNSUCCESSFUL PRIMARY CANDIDATESAll unsuccessful primary candidates must file reports 28 days after the primary.[§17-25-11(a)(3)]October 31(For reporting period July 1, 2016 thru September 30, 2016)QUARTERLY ONGOING REPORTSReports are due from candidates, political parties and political action committeesthat are not participating in the September primary or November election.[§17-25-11]November 1(For reporting period October 11, 2016 thru October 31, 2016)PRE-ELECTION REPORTSCandidates, political parties, and political action committees that are participatingin the election must file reports 7 days prior to the election.[§17-25-11(a)(2)]December 6(For reporting period November 1, 2016 thru December 5, 2016)POST-ELECTION REPORTSCandidates, political parties, and political action committees that participated inthe election must file reports 28 days after the election. [§17-25-11(a)(3)]January 31, 2017QUARTERLY ONGOING REPORTSReports are due from all candidates, political parties, and political actioncommittees.If the candidate, political party or political action committee

6 Election Calendar Guide - 2016 June 30 City/Town/Ward endorsements City, town and ward committees file with local boards of canvassers lists of local candidates having committee endorsements. To be filed not later than the day after the final day for filing declarations of candidacy. [RIGL §17-12-11(a)(1)] July 1 State committee endorsements