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Secretary of State Mollis Reminds Coventry Voters about Tuesday's Mail Ballot Deadline

PROVIDENCE, RI -- Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis is reminding Coventry voters that another deadline looms in the special election to fill the town council seat that was held by Laura Flanagan.

Tues., March 15, is the last day to apply for a mail ballot. Only voters who will be absent from the state for the April 5 election or who are unable to go to the polls because of illness or disability are eligible.

The mail-ballot application can be downloaded from the Secretary of State’s website at They also are available at the town clerk's office. The Coventry Board of Canvassers must receive the completed application by March 15.

After the mail-ballot deadline, voters who find they will unexpectedly be out-of-town on the day of the special election can go to town hall through April 4 and request an Emergency Ballot.

Republican Carl Mattson Jr. and Democrat Scott Crowe are facing off to replace Flanagan, who resigned her District 2 seat effective last Jan. 2 after being re-elected in November.

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 cycle as well as outline 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 about elections and voting, visit


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  • Release date: 03-11-2011

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