Rock the Vote President Ashley Spillane released the following statement after Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea yesterday unveiled a plan that would allow for online voter registration and a four week long early voting period:

“Our democracy is strongest when all eligible voters are empowered to participate. Implementing early voting and online registration policies should be a matter of commonsense; both are easy, effective ways to boost participation, especially when it comes to young people across Rhode Island.  We hope making registration and voting easier for young people in Rhode Island will be seriously considered.”


Rock the Vote is the largest non-profit and non-partisan organization in the United States building the political power of young people. Fusing pop culture, politics, and technology, Rock the Vote works to mobilize the millennial voting bloc and the youth vote, protect voting rights, and advocate for an electoral process and voting system that works for the 21st century electorate. Since 1990, Rock the Vote has revolutionized the use of pop culture, music, art and technology to inspire political activity. Now, for almost 25 years, Rock the Vote has pioneered ways to make voting easier by simplifying and demystifying voter registration and elections for young adults.

Rock the Vote has run the largest voter registration drives for young people on record during the past six Presidential elections. In 2008 and 2012, our on-the-ground efforts, online organizing, and cutting-edge tools and technologies made us the largest non-partisan voter engagement campaign in the nation. All of these efforts have resulted in Rock the Vote processing nearly seven million voter registrations, bringing millions more to the polls, and becoming a trusted resource for young people, government agencies, and technological innovators passionate about political discourse and engagement. See more information here.