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 firstname.lastname@example.org
RI communities facing shortage of polling place facilities:
Central Falls (401)-727-7450 email@example.com
Coventry (401) 822-9150 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cumberland (401) 728-2400 ext. 136 email@example.com
East Providence (401) 435-7502 firstname.lastname@example.org
Foster (401) 392-9200 email@example.com
Jamestown (401) 423-9801 firstname.lastname@example.org
Johnston (401) 553-8856 email@example.com
Middletown (401) 849-5540 firstname.lastname@example.org
Newport (401) 845-5384 @cityofnewport.com
North Providence (401) 232-0900 ext 230 email@example.com
North Smithfield (401) 767-2200 ext 326 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pawtucket (401) 722-1637 x207 email@example.com
Portsmouth (401) 683-3157 firstname.lastname@example.org
Providence (401) 421-0495 email@example.com
Richmond (401) 539-9000 firstname.lastname@example.org
South Kingstown (401) 789-9331 x 1230 email@example.com
Tiverton (401) 625-6703 firstname.lastname@example.org
Warwick (401) 738-2010 email@example.com
West Greenwich 401) 392-3800 Ex. 108 firstname.lastname@example.org
Woonsocket (401) 767-9221 email@example.com