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Primary Election Day, April 24

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Even though the candidates for President from the two major parties seems to be decided by now, there is still a Primary Election scheduled for tomorrow. Though Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have a virtual lock on their parties nominations, there are Delegates to the convention which need voting for tomorrow.

Due to expected low voter turn out, there will be fewer than normal polling places in the City of Providence. The city has a list of polling places [.pdf] (look for your Ward).

The Secretary of State’s office has information about tomorrow’s election including sample ballots and polling place information. Remember, you will need an ID to vote tomorrow.

Update: Voters without ID will be allowed to fill out a provisional ballot, the signature on which will then be matched to their voter registration (sounds like a lot of work for elections officials).

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3 Responses to Primary Election Day, April 24

  1. Chris Barnett April 23, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    Just to clarify, you will NOT need an ID to vote in the presidential primary. Voters will be asked to show ID, but no eligible voter will be turned away. Voters who do not bring ID can vote using a standard Provisional Ballot. If the signature they give at their polling place matches the signature on their voter registration, their ballot will be counted.
    VOTER ID DETAILS: http://sos.ri.gov/elections/voterid/.
    FIND YOUR POLLING PLACE: https://sos.ri.gov/vic/.

  2. Jef Nickerson April 23, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Thanks for the updates Chris. I meant to link to the Sec. of State’s site in the post, then totally spaced on it, the link has been added to the post along with information about Provisional Ballots.

  3. Tony P April 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    I wonder, has the Sec of State hired handwriting analysts to verify the signatures? I seriously doubt it.

    That being said, I have a state issued drivers license so I’m not so much concerned with having to present it to officials. However I do find the stated reasons for passing the ALEC inspired Voter ID laws ridiculous. After all I worked for the Sec of State’s office when the Central Voter Registration System was put into effect. And it curtailed fraud dramatically.

    So the only purpose left for Voter ID is to disenfranchise minorities and older people.

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