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Voters in Four Communities with Elections This Tuesday Can Use Secretary of State's Website to Avoid Problems at Polls

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis is urging Jamestown, Tiverton, Warren and Woonsocket voters to go on-line to find their polling place, confirm they are properly registered and review a sample ballot before heading to the polls Tuesday.

“Polling places can change from year to year, so use our Voter Information Center to make sure you go to the right place on Election Day,” said Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis. “You can also see what you’ll be voting on and check your voter registration while there is still time to address any problems.”

Polling places will open at 7 a.m. in Tiverton, Warren and Woonsocket while voting will begin in Jamestown at 8 a.m. The polls in all four communities will close at 8 p.m.

There is good news for voters who unexpectedly find they will be unable to get to their polling place. They can go to their city or town hall during normal business hours through this Monday and request an Emergency Ballot.

Jamestown has two school committee seats on the ballot. As a result of a ballot question passed by Jamestown voters in 2009, the seats will have three-year terms that will end in 2014 as the town moves its traditional off-year local elections to even-numbered years in order to coincide with state and national elections.

Tiverton voters will be asked to consider a bond issue of up to $7 million for a new library as well as whether to replace the traditional Financial Town Meeting with a Financial Town Referendum.

Warren has a special referendum that would provide as much as $700,000 to make sewer and storm water improvements in order to address water quality problems at Warren Town Beach.

Woonsocket voters will decide races for mayor, city council and school committee as well as four ballot questions including one that would move off-year local elections to even-numbered years in order to coincide with state and national elections.

The Secretary of State’s office oversees many aspects of federal, state and municipal elections including the statewide voter registration database. It also publishes guidebooks that include important dates in the election calendar, outline how to run for office and explain how to vote at the polls.

Secretary of State Mollis is committed to making it easier to vote, making it easier to do business in Rhode Island and making government more open and accessible. For more information about the programs and services the Secretary of State offers Rhode Islanders, visit sos.ri.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT -- Chris Barnett at 222-4293 or cbarnett@sos.ri.gov.

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Department or agency: Office of the Secretary of State

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

Release date: 11-04-2011

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