Who will be able to vote in the November 5 RISD election?
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.
New District Current Current Trustee Election Cycle 1 1 Jean Bono May 2021 2 5 Eron Linn November 2019 3 7 Kristin Kuhne May 2020 4 4 Katie Patterson November 2019 5 3 Karen Clardy November 2019 6 At large 6 Justin Bono May 2020 7 At large 2 Kim Caston May 2021
You can read about the transition plan adopted by the RISD Board of Trustees on the RISD website.