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Board seeks facilities to step-up and serve as polling places on Nov. 3

CRANSTON, RI: The Board of Elections is urging public and private facilities in over a dozen RI communities to step forward and offer their facility to be used as a polling place on Election Day on Nov. 3. Due to Covid-19, many sensitive locations such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and senior high-rises have declined to serve as polling places on Election Day. This has led to a shortage of available sites to be used as polling places.

Facilities must be accessible to persons with disabilities and large enough to accommodate the amount of voting booths necessary for the voting district. On Election Day, the Board will supply personal protection to election workers and substantial amounts of cleaning supplies. Social distancing guidelines developed in conjunction with the RI Department of Health will be followed at all polling places. After the close polls, workers will ensure the location is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. In many cases, facilities are paid a stipend for providing their facility to serve as a polling place.

It is vital that enough polling places be available on Nov. 3 and the Board is asking local businesses, organizations, and public buildings to step up and assist local election officials with conducting this upcoming election safely and smoothly.

Please see the attached list and contact information for the communities facing a critical shortage of facilities.

Media Contact: Miguel Nunez 401-222-2345

RI communities facing shortage of polling place facilities:

Central Falls (401)-727-7450

Coventry (401) 822-9150

Cumberland (401) 728-2400 ext. 136

East Providence (401) 435-7502

Foster (401) 392-9200

Jamestown (401) 423-9801

Johnston (401) 553-8856

Middletown (401) 849-5540

Newport (401) 845-5384

North Providence (401) 232-0900 ext 230

North Smithfield (401) 767-2200 ext 326

Pawtucket (401) 722-1637 x207

Portsmouth (401) 683-3157

Providence (401) 421-0495

Richmond (401) 539-9000

South Kingstown (401) 789-9331 x 1230

Tiverton (401) 625-6703

Warwick (401) 738-2010

West Greenwich 401) 392-3800 Ex. 108

Woonsocket (401) 767-9221

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