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Voting Information

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#1 Mail Ballots: Now until October 13, 2020:  Fill out an application.  Applications are available on line at vote.ri.gov or in the envelopes hanging on the glass doors of the Town Hall. Fill out the application and drop it in the drop box located in the parking lot or mail it to the Town Hall. A ballot will be mailed to you.  You will vote and put it into the oath envelope, sign and deposit it in the drop box located at Town Hall or mail it to the Board of Elections in the postage free envelope.

#2 In Person voting: October 14, 2020 to November 2, 2020 (formally emergency ballot voting):  This procedure is new.  You may come to the Town Hall Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm to vote in person with your ID exactly as you would in a Primary or Election. COVID precautions in effect.

This is a new option for Rhode Island voters who would like to cast a ballot in person, but are unable to vote on election day. Learn more!

#3 Vote at the Polls on Election day November 3rd.  Same procedure as always with COVID precautions.  Polling places to be determined.

Many are inquiring about the safety of the Mail Ballot process.  Every Mail Ballot application is subject to multiple signature checks.  The first step is entry into the computer system with a check by the clerk, then the Board of Canvassers certifies every application.  Next the Mail Ballot request goes to the Secretary of State who mails out the physical ballot.  The ballot is voted, placed in the oath envelope and sealed.  The oath envelope must be signed by the voter and the ballot returned to the Board of Elections by mail or delivered to the Board of Canvassers in Jamestown by dropping it into the drop box.  The drop box is in the rear of the Town Hall parking lot.  An additional drop box will be available 20 days prior to the election at Town Hall when, at the same time, emergency In Person voting will happen. All voted ballots are forwarded to the Board of Elections and go through another signature check with the oath envelope against the original application.  All original Mail Ballot applications are brought up to the Board of Elections. These ballots are then opened and put through the voting machines. If there is a discrepancy, a procedure is initiated to ascertain legitimacy.

Final point: Once you apply for a Mail Ballot you cannot vote at the polls unless you surrender your ballot and vote a provisional ballot.  If for some reason you never received your ballot after applying, or if you have other voting problems, such as making a mistake on a ballot,  please contact Karen Montoya 423-9801 and options will be given to you.