We have some advice to make your trip to the polls on Tuesday go smoothly.
Because many cities and towns had to move polling places due to redistricting, Mollis urges voters to confirm where they will vote ahead of time.
For hundreds of thousands of RI voters, Election Day will be their first encounter with Voter ID and all the new polling place locations created by redistricting.”
The election is also the next big test of the state’s new Voter ID law. Beginning this year, voters will be asked to show an ID when they vote at the polls. Poll workers will accept a wide range of common photo IDs including a R.I. driver’s license, state ID card, RIPTA bus pass, college ID, employee ID and Social Security or Medicare card.
Most importantly, no eligible voter will be denied the right to vote. Voters who do not bring an acceptable ID to the polls 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.
Locally, polls will open at 7 a.m. and will now close at 8 p.m., which is an hour earlier than previous years. Any eligible voter in line when the doors close at 8 p.m. will be allowed to cast a ballot. Voters are allowed to bring a marked sample ballot or other material that will help them in the voting booth.
If your name is not on the voter registration list at the polling place and you believe that you are legally registered to vote in that precinct, you are eligible to vote a provisional ballot, which will be counted if elections officials determine that your claim is valid.
Residents of Rhode Island who missed the Oct. 7 deadline to register to vote can still cast a ballot on Election Day, but only for president and vice president. Residents of most communities must go to their city or town hall, but Providence residents should go to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Elections officials in Burrillville, East Greenwich and Little Compton also arranged alternative sites. Residents should contact their town hall to confirm the local location.