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Secretary of State Mollis Mollis Touts Last-minute Voting Options

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis is reminding Rhode Islanders about two last-minute options for voting in tomorrow's presidential election.

Residents who unexpectedly find they will be unable to vote at their polling place on Election Day can go to city or town hall their through 4 p.m. today and vote using an emergency ballot.

Anyone who missed the Oct. 7 deadline to register to vote can still cast a ballot on Election Day, but only for president and vice president. Residents of most municipalities should go to their city or town hall, but Providence residents should go to the Dunkin Donuts Center. Elections officials in Burrillville, East Greenwich and Little Compton have also designated alternative sites. Voters should contact their town hall to confirm the local location.

Because many cities and towns had to move polling places due to redistricting, Mollis urges voters to confirm where they will vote. They can also see a sample of the ballot they will use, make sure their voter registration information is accurate and check the list of IDs that poll workers will accept.

The election is also the next big test of the state's new Voter ID law. Beginning this year, voters will be asked to show an ID when they vote at the polls. Poll workers will accept a wide range of common IDs including a R.I. driver's license, state ID card, RIPTA bus pass, college ID, employee ID and Social Security or Medicare card.

The Secretary of State's office prepares the ballots for all elections held in Rhode Island. In addition, the office maintains the statewide voter registration list, promotes voter registration and turnout and creates guides to running for office and voting.

Secretary of State Mollis is committed to making it easier for Rhode Islanders to vote, making it easier to do business in Rhode Island and making government more open and accessible. For more information about this year's elections, visit or call (401) 222-2340.


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  • Release date: 11-05-2012

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