Secretary Gorbea Announces Redesign of Department of State Website

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today announced the launch of a
redesigned Department of State website (www.sos.ri.gov). The
new website, created entirely through in-house efforts, offers a straightforward
interface that will make it easier for Rhode Islanders to quickly access the
information they need.

“As Secretary of State, I’ve been working to make this office a modern gateway that
connects Rhode Islanders and their government,” Secretary Gorbea said. “We spoke to
a number of different stakeholders and redesigned the website to have a much simpler
navigation, to be more user-friendly and make government more accessible overall.”

Based on that feedback, the website is now structured around four key areas:

* The Business Portal provides a
step-by-step process for entrepreneurs and current business owners to start or
qualify their business in Rhode Island, along with easy access to the Department’s
online filing system.
* The Elections and Voting Portal offers
key information for voters and candidates. Users can link directly to the Voter
Information Center where registered voters can find their polling place and learn
about what’s on their local ballot.
* The Open Government Portal
provides access to the Department’s searchable databases including lobby tracker,
open meetings, and rules and regulations.
* The Civics and Education
Portal highlights the many ways
Rhode Islanders can learn about and engage with our state’s rich and diverse
history.

In addition, the website offers quick access to services for frequent
users such as state and local
government agencies, notaries public, and
registered lobbyists.

Users are encouraged to interact with the website at
www.sos.ri.gov.