Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Know what to expect when you enter the voting booth on Election Day.
Election Day is just a day away. Don't be caught unprepared. Take a look at all the ballots in Warren and find out which one is for you and where to cast your vote. The presidential race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney highlights the ballot, of course, but an interesting race is shaping up for Congress between Rep. David Cicilline and former State Police Chief Brendan Doherty. And Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse faces a challenge from B. Barrett Hinkley III to represent Rhode Island in the Senate. Locally: The reverse of the ballot features the 8 referenda up for consideration, highlighted by Question 4 to go to bond for $94 million to build a new Veterans Home in Bristol, and Question 1 to approve casino gambling in Rhode Island. To view …
Rhode Island state law allows people who have not registered to vote to cast a ballot of the top office.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Miss the dealine to register to vote? That doesn't mean you have to sit on the sidelines. You can still vote for president on Election Day. According to Rhode Island General Law 17-1-3, people who missed the voter registration dealine may vote for president/vice president only at their local Board of Canvassers or Town Clerk's office on Election Day. In Warren, you can vote for president at the Warren Town Clerk's office; in Bristol, you can vote at the Bristol Town Clerk's office. This is also for people who have moved to Bristol or Warren from another city or town in Rhode Island over a year ago but failed to change their address. For more information about limited voting, check out the Limited Ballot Section on the R.I. Board of …
Patch will have a team of editors in our Patch communities covering Tuesday's election in real-time in our live blog.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
After more than a year of hype, hundreds of speeches and millions spent on campaign ads, the 2012 election is finally here — and Patch is covering it live in a real-time Election Day Blog. We will have more than a dozen editors throughout Rhode Island in our Patch communities on Tuesday, talking to voters, election officials and others — and providing updates and results in the blog from 2 p.m. until the final races are called. We also want to hear from you, so make sure your post a comment in the blog. Tell us how you voted for and why; share your experiences at the polls; or just weigh in on the big election of 2012. The Election Day blog will launch around 2 p.m. Tuesday...but you can sign up now to receive an email alert once the blog …
Rhode Island's Democratic and Republican political influencers take part in our final survey before election day.
In the race for President of the United States, influential Rhode Island political insiders have weighed in regarding who has run the better "ground game" in Rhode Island leading up to the election. According to our results, Democratic influencers felt Obama has run a better ground campaign by a wide margin while a majority of Republican influencers surveyed said the ground campaign up to this point has been even. Patch surveyed 53 Republicans and 51 Democrats, asking regardless of their partisan preference, which presidential campaign do you think has run the better "ground game" campaign during the general election in Rhode Island? Among those who responded, 55.6% of Democrats said Barack Obama has run the better ground campaign by a …
Monday, November 5, 2012
The not-for-profit Hope & Main will take ownership of the building.
The former Main Street School will soon belong to Hope & Main after voters approved the sale in a landslide Monday. When polls closed on the Town Meeting vote at 9 p.m. Monday, it was clear voters gave the project overwhelming support, approving it 413-37. Hope & Main is a not-for-profit venture that provides space where local chefs, food producers and nutrition professionals will be able to lease commercial kitchen space. A planned town market will provide ready access to locally produced food products, as well as provide a venue for local producers to introduce and showcase their products. Hope & Main aims to serve the needs of food service professionals from caterers and specialty food producers to farmers and fishermen. In addition to…
Take this quiz on Tagg Romney, Joe Kennedy III and Jeb Bush.
Political Princes. Heirs Apparent. Scions. America is not a nation of ruling dynasties. Or is it? With talk starting to swirl about Tagg Romney being groomed as a political heir-apparent to his dad, Mitt, we at Patch thought you might like to know a little more about Tagg and the Romneys. But at the same time, it occurred to us you also want to test your knowledge of the other two highest-profile American political dynasty families: the Kennedys and the Bushes. One of those families has a candidate in the running for this fall's election; the other has spoken candidly about his views of how his party is operating. One thing they all have in common: New England, specifically Massachusetts. How, you ask? You have to take our quiz to find …
Take a look at all 9 ballots in Bristol, and find out where to vote tomorrow.
There's only one day left to make your decisions before heading to the polls Tuesday. Don't be unprepared when you enter the voting booth. Take a look at the attached ballots so you know what to expect when you go to cast your vote. To view the ballot, open the link and click view - rotate view - clockwise. And check out the attached map to know where to vote and which ballot applies to you. The presidential race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney highlights the ballot, of course, but an interesting race is shaping up for Congress between Rep. David Cicilline and former State Police Chief Brendan Doherty. And Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse faces a challenge from B. Barrett Hinkley III to represent Rhode Island in the Senate. Locally: The …
Haven't made up your mind who to vote for? What will tip the scales for you?
A new NBC News/WSJ poll shows President Barack Obama at 48 percent and Gov. Mitt Romney at 47 percent. That suggests there are still a bunch of undecided voters. The candidates are both out getting their messages to voters in a final push before the ballot. Are you still undecided? If so, what is going to make up your mind between now and Tuesday? What can either candidate do to sway your vote? Let us know in the comments and discuss.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Question 5 would allow for bonding up to $20 million for clean water projects; Question 6 would allow for $20 million in bond money for environmental management projects.
Proponents of ballot questions 5 and 6 held a press conference at Goddard Park last week to press for their passage, arguing that the $40 million ($20 million each) is essential for the future health of local waters and green spaces. "We want to be sure that people understand how important it is," said Jonathan Stone, executive director of Save the Bay. Noting that some groups this year are arguing against any additional government spending, Stone said, "This is not a year to be complacent." Jody King, past president of the Rhode Island Shellfishermen's Association, said his main goal was to be able to keep making a living on the water. "I love my job," said King. "Shellfishing is what I've done for the past 20 years and I want to do it …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Question 4 on the Nov. 6 ballot asks residents whether the state should borrow $94 million tp build a new facility and renovate the existing one.
Edward Hanrahan has lived at the Rhode Island Veterans Home for 8 years. He commends the staff for the service and care he receives, both of which he says are outstanding. What is not is the facility he lives in. "We're damn glad to be here on the whole; we get excellent care," the World War II veteran and bronze star winner said. "But we do need a new home. It's an old building ... problems with the sewers, problems with the pipes, and so many leaks in the roof. Buildings this old ... very few still standing." The Veterans Home on Metacom Avenue in Bristol was built in 1954 and was last renovated in 1969, according to state Rep. Ray Gallison, who hosted an event at the home Tuesday to rally support for Question 4 on the Nov. 6 ballot, …