Rhode Islanders vote to change state name

Alexis Rapoza

News Editor

Photo via the Providence Journal

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — On November 3, Rhode Islanders voted to change the official state name from the ‘State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations’ to just the ‘State of Rhode Island.’

The statewide ballot proposition was approved by the Rhode Island electorate with 53% voting to approve the change and 47% voting to reject it. Earlier this year Governor Gina Raimondo signed an executive order which declared that she would be using ‘State of Rhode Island’ on executive orders, citations and other executive agency postings.