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Secretary of State Mollis Reminds Jamestown Residents of Today's Election Deadline

PROVIDENCE, RI - Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis is reminding Jamestown residents that today is the deadline for throwing their hat in the ring for School Committee.

Anyone wishing to run for office has until 4 p.m. to file official Declarations of Candidacy with the Jamestown Board of Canvassers. State law requires residents to be registered to vote in the town of Jamestown in order to be eligible to run for office.

To qualify to appear on the ballot, would-be candidates must then collect the signatures of at least 50 Jamestown voters. The signature papers must be submitted to the Board of Canvassers by 4 p.m. Sept. 6.

Two School Committee seats will be on the ballot. The seats will have three-year terms ending in 2014, after which the seats will have four-year terms. This is due to a ballot question that passed in 2009, which extended a one-time, one-year extension for town officials. The amendment was passed to ensure local elections would coincide with state and national elections.

If necessary, a primary will be Tues., Oct. 4. The election will be held on Tues, Nov. 8.

As Secretary of State, Mollis oversees many aspects of federal, state and municipal elections held in Rhode Island. His office also publishes guidebooks that include important dates in the election calendar as well as guides outlining how to run for office and how to register to vote.

Secretary of State Mollis is committed to making it easier for Rhode Islanders to vote, helping businesses grow and making government more open and accessible. For more information on elections and voting visit sos.ri.gov/elections.

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Department or agency: Office of the Secretary of State

Online: http://www.sos.ri.gov/

Release date: 08-26-2011

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