July 18, 2008

Rhode Island: The Curious Timing State

Justin Katz

It's the time line that's the thing:

  • Early in the week, Dana Peloso was informed that only 14% of the signatures on his state House nomination forms for Barrington would be accepted.
  • On Wednesday, the Barrington board of canvassers certified those results at 3:00 p.m..
  • On Thursday, the candidate had to drag at least 13 of his signers to Town Hall by 2:30 p.m..

That's not much time from the perspective of the candidate or of those who've exercised voting rights to nominate him. We should list, among Rhode Island's problems, that folks don't realize how significant positions such as those on a board of canvassers can be.