Barrington to open five polling places for Sept. 11 primary election



Five polling places will be open in Barrington next week for a Democratic primary election.

Those eligible to vote in the election must have registered prior to Aug. 12 and must have either a Democratic affiliation or no affiliation. There is no Republican primary in Barrington.

Each ballot will contain three races, two of which are unopposed. While all Barrington voters will find Sheldon Whitehouse without an opponent for Senator in Congress (6-year term), residents will see two different unopposed primary races for General Assembly Representative. Those in Dist. 66 will find incumbent State Rep. Joy Hearn without an opponent while those in Dist. 67 will find incumbent State Rep. Jan Malik unopposed. Both General Assembly seats are two-year terms.

All ballots will also ask voters to select one of three candidates in a primary for Representative in Congress (two-year term). Candidates include David Cicilline, Anthony Gemma and Christopher Young.

The districts and their respective polling places are as follows:

- Voting District 66 Precinct 101 Barrington High School;

- Voting District 66 Precinct 102 Barrington Middle School;

- Voting District 66 Precinct 103 Nayatt School;

- Voting District 67 Precinct 104 Hampden Meadows and

- Voting District 67 Precinct 105 Sowams School

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Any questions can be directed to the Barrington Board of Canvassers at 247-1900.

Voters can also visit the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s website at to confirm their polling place location, make sure their voter registration information is accurate and check the list of IDs that poll workers will accept.

Asked to show ID

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 and employee ID.

Voter ID will be phased in over two election cycles. This year, voters can also use a variety of non-photo IDs including a Social Security card, bank statement or any government-issued document. Beginning in 2014, only photo IDs will be accepted.

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.

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.

People who unexpectedly won’t be able to vote at their polling place on the day of the primary can go to their city or town hall through Sept. 10 and request an emergency ballot.

Voters who do not already have an acceptable photo ID can obtain a free one at the Secretary of State’s Elections Division, 148 West River St., Providence, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or at locations throughout Rhode Island. Check for the complete schedule.

In order to obtain a free photo ID, voters must bring proof of identity such as a Social Security card, credit or debit card, utility bill or any government-issued document. The ID, which includes a color photo of the voter and the voter's full name, will be created on the spot.


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