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RISD Voting Changes Begin November 5, 2019

Who will be able to vote in the November 5 RISD election?

Hybrid 5-2 Single Member - At Large

In settlement of a federal lawsuit brought by former RISD Trustee David Tyson, the RISD has agreed to change the way in which Trustees are elected.

Previously, all seven members of the RISD Board of Trustees were elected at large, meaning that every voter living in the RISD voted for every member of the Board of Trustees.

Beginning in November, a process will start that will eventually make five of the seats on the Board of Trustees single-member districts, meaning that only voters living in each of those five districts will be able to vote for the Trustee representing that district. The other two remaining Trustee seats will remain at large. This is known as a hybrid system of representation.

District Map

Click here to view the newly drawn District Map, showing the five single-member districts.

Rollout

Districts 2, 4, and 5 will be on the ballot on November 5, 2019.

  • Only voters living in District 2 may vote for District 2 candidates.

  • Only voters living in District 4 may vote for District 4 candidates.

  • Only voters living in District 5 may vote for District 5 candidates.

Districts 3 (single member) and 6 (at large) will be on the ballot in May of 2020. Districts 1 (single member) and 7 (at large) will be on the ballot in May of 2021.

New DistrictCurrentCurrent TrusteeElection Cycle
11Jean BonoMay 2021
25Eron LinnNovember 2019
37Kristin KuhneMay 2020
44Katie PattersonNovember 2019
53Karen ClardyNovember 2019
6 At large6Justin BonoMay 2020
7 At large2Kim CastonMay 2021

You can read about the transition plan adopted by the RISD Board of Trustees on the RISD website.

More Information

For more information about this change, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), go to the RISD website.