Rhode Island

Eligible for Recall: Senator Jack Reed, last elected 2008; Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, last elected 2006

Signature Requirement: 15% of voters in last election for the Senator

Circulation Time: 90 Days

Type of Recall Election: Simultaneous with General Election

Constitutional Provision: Article IV Section 1

Initial Procedure: Authorized in the case of a general officer who has been indicted or informed against for a felony, convicted of a misdemeanor, or against whom a finding of probable cause of violation of the code of ethics has been made by the ethics commission.

Contact Info:
For questions or concerns regarding Voting or Elections, e-mail elections@elections.ri.gov
Rhode Island Board of Elections
50 Branch Ave
Providence, RI 02904
Phone: (401) 222-2345
Fax: (401) 222-3135

Court Activity

No current cases.

News & Commentary

Providence Voters Oust Councilman in Recall Election | 05/03/17

PROVIDENCE, R.I Providence Journal -- Ward 3 voted overwhelmingly to oust Kevin Jackson from the Providence City Council.

In a special election Tuesday, voters decided 1,772 to 158, absentee ballots included, that Councilman Jackson should lose his council seat.

"The community has spoken," Jackson said after the results were official. "I'm okay. I'm not going to let one year of what's going on ruin everything I've done for the community for the last 22 years."

Patricia Kammerer, one of the organizers of the Recall Kevin Jackson campaign, said she thought the result "sends a message that Councilman Jackson's constituents in Ward 3 expect honorable, ethical leadership. I think it sends a message to voters statewide that they can also hold their elected officials accountable."

The Recall Kevin Jackson campaign collected 2,383 signatures to force Tuesday's voting after Jackson was arrested on charges that include embezzling $127,153 from a youth track program that he led for decades.

Jackson, 58, who was first elected to represent the city's Mount Hope section in 1994, is the city's longest serving council member.

He was arrested in May 2016 and indicted in July on five charges, one of embezzling from the Providence Cobras, a track group he helped found, two of unlawful appropriation, and the others related to filing false documents to the state Board of Elections and misusing campaign funds for personal expenses such as buying clothes and paying for Netflix.

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Governor Supports Recall of Providence Councilman | 05/02/17

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo says she will vote to recall a Providence councilman who's facing a May 2, 2017 recall election amid embezzlement charges.

Ms. Raimondo lives in the Providence ward represented by fellow Democrat Kevin Jackson. Ward residents are voting on whether to keep Jackson on the city council.

Jackson was indicted in July on charges he embezzled more than $125,000 from the Providence Cobras youth track and field team. He has denied the charges.

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Four Face Recall in Rhode Island Town over Gun Law | 12/09/13

EXETER -- This sleepy town of 6,000 doesn't have a police department, and the only firearm violence tends to be directed at deer. Its biggest controversies usually stem from the local animal shelter or noise from the town pub.

It's an unusual place for a debate over gun control.

Yet this rural community 30 minutes south of Providence has become the latest place where officials are facing consequences for proposals to change gun laws.

Four of the five council members are now the subject of a recall election to be held Dec. 14 after they angered local gun owners with an idea to tweak the way the town issues concealed weapon permits.

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Rhode Island Town Moves Toward Recalls over Gun Issue | 10/16/13

EXETER -- Four Town Council members could lose their jobs as a result of a recall petition drive. What started as a dispute over who issues concealed carry permits for handguns is now more a vote about good government, according to the combatants.

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Each state has its own requirements as to the manner in which petitions must be collected, signed and filed. It is imperative that official recall committees are legally formed in each state according to the state laws and regulations. The handling of the petitions must comply with the laws and regulations of each state.