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Thu, 01 Sep 2016 18:15:00 GMT

Be prepared to be a voter September 13

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is reminding Rhode Island voters to be prepared for the state primaries scheduled for Tuesday, September 13. Voters should use the Department of State's Voter Information Center (VIC) at to find their polling place and preview their sample ballots.

Across the state, there are 63 primary races ranging from the state's two congressional seats to local offices such as school committee and town council. For the General Assembly, there are eight contested primaries for state Senate seats and 19 for the House. Some local races include nonpartisan races and voters are encouraged to familiarize themselves with their ballots before heading to the polls.

"Voting is your opportunity to help decide who represents you at all levels of government," Secretary Gorbea said. "I encourage all Rhode Island voters to go to and use the Voter Information Center to prepare themselves ahead of the primary elections."

Secretary Gorbea also reminds voters who are unable to vote at their polling place on Election Day to go to their local city or town hall through September 12 and vote using an emergency ballot.

There will be 411 polling places open throughout Rhode Island for the September 13 primaries and the VIC has interactive maps for voters to easily find their polling location. Voters without online access should contact their local board of canvassers, listed below.

For more information about this year's elections, email or call (401) 222-2340.

Local Board of Canvassers Contact Information:
City or Town Phone Number
Barrington 247-1900 x4
Bristol 253-7000
Burrillville 568-4300
Central Falls 727-7450
Charlestown 364-1200
Coventry 822-9150
Cranston 780-3126
Cumberland 728-2400
East Greenwich 886-8603
East Providence 435-7502
Exeter 294-2287
Foster 392-9201
Glocester 568-6206 x0
Hopkinton 377-7777
Jamestown 423-9804
Johnston 553-8856
Lincoln 333-1140
Little Compton 635-4400
Middletown 849-5540
Narragansett 782-0625
Newport 845-5386
New Shoreham 466-3200
North Kingstown 294-3331 x128
North Providence 232-0900
North Smithfield 767-2200
Pawtucket 722-1637
Portsmouth 683-3157
Providence 421-0495
Richmond 539-9000 x9
Scituate 647-7466
Smithfield 233-1000
South Kingstown 789-9331 x1231
Tiverton 625-6703
Warren 245-7340 x4
Warwick 738-2000
West Greenwich 392-3800
West Warwick 822-9201
Westerly 348-2503
Woonsocket 767-9223


News Contact:

Senior Advisor &
Director of Communications

Nicole Lagace