CRANSTON — The Rhode Island Board of Elections is assuring Rhode Island voters and candidates that the state’s voting and election systems are fully prepared for Election Day on Tuesday, …
CRANSTON — The Rhode Island Board of Elections is assuring Rhode Island voters and candidates that the state’s voting and election systems are fully prepared for Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 3, and prepared to efficiently process and count all ballots (in-person, mail, emergency, provisional) and certify final results.
“With an ongoing pandemic and the huge increase in mail and emergency ballots we’ve seen as a result, this is going to be an unprecedented Election Day, but one that the Rhode Island Board of Elections is fully prepared for,” said Robert Rapoza, Executive Director. “We’ve been working closely with our partners in the Secretary of State’s Office and the General Assembly for months to ensure every eligible Rhode Island voter has convenient, safe, and secure options to cast their ballot.”
“We’re pleased to see that so many Rhode Islanders have already cast their ballot by mail or by emergency voting at their city or town hall. Indeed, to date, the Board of Elections has processed over 175,000 mail ballots and 100,000 emergency ballots,” continued Rapoza. “Voters can check the status of their mail ballot using our Mail Ballot Status Lookup tool available on our website (elections.ri.gov). Voters who have received mail ballots also have the option to drop their completed ballot off at any of the 41 secure drop boxes at city and town halls across the state.”
“For Rhode Islanders planning to vote in-person on November 3rd, the Board of Elections, working with our 39 city and town Board of Canvasser clerk partners, will have 406 voting locations available and 461 voting machines deployed across the state,” continued Rapoza. “We’ve worked hard to train Election Day poll workers, and to provide all polling locations with Personal Protective Equipment including hand sanitizer, masks, gloves, social distancing placards, and floor markers. Rhode Islanders looking to find their polling location, view sample ballots, or with questions about how to vote should visit the Secretary of State’s Voter Information Center (vote.sos.ri.gov) or the Board of Elections' website (elections.ri.gov). Voters can also call 2-1-1 with voting and election related questions.”
“Finally, once all ballots have been cast by the November 3rd at 8:00 PM deadline, the Board of Elections is ready to efficiently process and count vote totals and report results to the public as quickly as possible,” continued Rapoza. “We have more than 50 staff working with us on election night and election week to process and count all ballots – in-person, mail, emergency, provisional – report out results via our website, and ultimately certify final results.”
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