The Rhode Island Board of Elections has decided to accept voter registration applications postmarked after the state's deadline.
The board voted Wednesday to accept applications postmarked two days after the Oct. 9 deadline because it fell on a Sunday and was followed by the Columbus Day holiday.
The board considered the grace period after U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer of New York and Patrick Leahy of Vermont expressed concerns to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice about Rhode Island and nine other states.
The senators say the deadlines before Oct. 11 violate the National Voting Rights Act, which calls for mail-in voter registration applications to be accepted if they are postmarked 30 days before the election.