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More than 10,000 votes have already been cast in Rhode Island

State provides breakdown of early in-person, mail ballot voting by community

By Jim McGaw
Posted 10/15/20

As of Thursday afternoon, more than 10,000 votes had already been cast in the 2020 General Election by Rhode Islanders.

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More than 10,000 votes have already been cast in Rhode Island

State provides breakdown of early in-person, mail ballot voting by community

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As of Thursday afternoon, more than 10,000 votes had already been cast in the 2020 General Election by Rhode Islanders.

The vast majority of those votes — about 92 percent — were cast in person, with the rest by mail ballot, according to the R.I. Secretary of State’s office. 

On Thursday, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea launched a new data visualization on her website that breaks down voter turnout for the 2020 general election. Users can easily track how many votes have been cast in every Rhode Island community, and how those votes were made— by mail, or early in-person. Election Day votes will be added on Nov. 3.

“When Rhode Island acquired electronic poll books, we dramatically expanded the amount of information we have on how and when voters participate in an election. This data should be easily accessible to everyone - voters, candidates, and the general public,” said Secretary Gorbea. “Providing frequent, clear data on voter turnout is one more way my office can show that Rhode Island’s elections are an open process that voters can absolutely trust.”

The website also tracks how many people applied for mail ballots, as well as how many of those were accepted and returned to voters. 

According to the website, the state as of Thursday had received 172,848 mail ballot applications, with 170,686 of those accepted. Ballots were mailed to 165,875 voters to date.

Breakdown by city/town

Here’s a breakdown of how people have been voting early by municipalities in our area. (Figures are as of 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15. They are updated at noon and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.)

Barrington 

Total early votes: 374

In person: 327 (87 percent)

Mail ballot: 37 (13 percent)

Mail ballot applications: 4,981

Mail ballot applications accepted: 4,972

Ballots mailed to voters to date: 4,771

Bristol

Total early votes: 362

In person: 332 (92 percent)

Mail ballot: 30 (8 percent)

Mail ballot applications: 4,239

Mail ballot applications accepted: 4,220

Ballots mailed to voters to date: 4,144

East Providence

Total early votes: 618

In person: 599 (97 percent)

Mail ballot: 19 (3 percent)

Mail ballot applications: 8,575

Mail ballot applications accepted: 8,550

Ballots mailed to voters to date: 8,436

Little Compton

Total early votes: 103

In person: 87 (84 percent)

Mail ballot: 16 (16 percent)

Mail ballot applications: 805

Mail ballot applications accepted: 790

Ballots mailed to voters to date: 775

Portsmouth

Total early votes: 356

In person: 320 (90 percent)

Mail ballot: 36 (10 percent)

Mail ballot applications: 4,213

Mail ballot applications accepted: 4,182

Ballots mailed to voters to date: 4,031

Tiverton

Total early votes: 216

In person: 204 (94 percent)

Mail ballot: 12 (6 percent)

Mail ballot applications: 3,267

Mail ballot applications accepted: 3,224

Ballots mailed to voters to date: 3,166

Warren

Total early votes: 95

In person: 92 (97 percent)

Mail ballot: 3 (3 percent)

Mail ballot applications: 2,267

Mail ballot applications accepted: 2,229

Ballots mailed to voters to date: 2,088

For more information on Rhode Island’s voting options, important dates and deadlines, tracking your mail ballot, or finding your early in-person voting location, head to vote.ri.gov or call 2-1-1.

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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.