RI Board Of Elections Discussion Prior To Ken Block Public Comments On HAVA Compliance
The Rhode Island Board of Elections discussed a complaint filed by Ken Block to the Department of Justice alleging non-compliance of the Help America Vote Act in the voter registration process.
The Board’s Chairman Richard Dubois opened with introduction of the agenda item and was quickly suggested by board member Commissioner Stephen P. Erickson to have legal counsel Raymond Marcaccio and Executive Director Robert Rapoza weigh in on the item before public comment to be heard.
The meeting on 10/11/17 was the initial introduction to begin the process of vetting Ken Block’s complaint letter to the Department of Justice.
Ken Blocks Questions Optional Charge Of Public Records From Board Of Elections
Ken Block Speaks On HAVA Compliance As It Relates To The Rhode Island Board Of Elections
Ken Block filed a complaint with the Department of Justice over the lack of data not being collected by the Rhode Island Board of Elections since a rule change in 2008.
Ken Block suggests the promulgated rule change makes optional the collection and verification of personal data for newly registered voters.
Mr. Block had several attorneys look over the change which suggests it is not in compliance with the Help America Vote Act mandated the collection of data.
Adversarial comments were made by Commissioner Stephen P. Erickson that set a tone unbecoming a public servant in a highly publicized issue.
Commissioner Erickson suggested Mr. Block was grandstanding with his complaint to the Department of Justice because Ken wasn’t willing to debate the matter on Twitter. Mr. Block only agrees it should not be debated on Twitter.
Board of Elections legal counsel stated that Mr. Block was in his right to file a complaint with the Department of Justice.
RIGOP General Counsel John Pagliarini – Public Comments On HAVA Compliance to RI Board Of Elections
John Pagliarini, in his capacity as general counsel for the Rhode Island Republican Party, spoke on behalf of and supported Ken Block’s complaint with the Department of Justice on non-compliance with the Help America Vote Act.
There are 143,000 alleged records of voters where a social security number or driver’s license data is missing. Mr. Pagliarini suggests a political office candidate is disadvantaged where voter information qualifying that individual is missing and could possibly cancel out the vote of a legal registered citizen.
Commissioner Stephen P. Erickson insisted he be called Judge Erickson even in his position on the Rhode Island Board of Elections.