PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced today that there will be a special election in Rep District 68 to fill the seat of Representative Kenneth Marshall on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Representative District 68 includes parts of Bristol and Warren.
"This morning we received Mr. Ascencao's resignation letter. I have been working with the Board of Elections and the Bristol and Warren Boards of Canvassers to promptly hold a special election for District 68 as provided under RI state law. This is a costly and disappointing situation but it is critical that the citizens of District 68 have representation in their government that has integrity and holds the community's interests at heart," said Secretary Gorbea.
State law authorizes the Secretary of State to order a special election to fill a vacancy. The declaration period for candidates interested in running for the Representative District 68 seat will take place on December 27 and 28, 2018. A special Primary election will take place on February 5, 2019 if more than one candidate from either party qualifies for the ballot.
Special Election Calendar:
December 27-28, 2018: Deadline for candidates to file Declarations of Candidacy with the Bristol and Warren Board of Canvassers
December 31, 2018: Deadline for endorsements to be filed by party committees
January 6, 2019: Last day to register to vote for the primary
January 8, 2019: Deadline for candidates to submit nomination papers to the Bristol and Warren Boards of Canvassers
January 15, 2019: Last day to submit a mail ballot application for the primary
January 16 - February 4, 2019: Emergency ballot period for the primary
February 5, 2019: PRIMARY
February 3, 2019: Last day to register to vote for the election
February 12, 2019: Last day to submit a mail ballot application for the election
February 13 - March 4, 2019: Emergency ballot period for the election
March 5, 2019: ELECTION