Friday, September 7, 2018

Primary Election is Wednesday (not Tuesday), September 12

Voting Reminder from the Providence League of Women Voters

Because some polling places have changed,  check the Secretary of State’s website for your spot.

Click onto “Find a Polling Place.”

 Vote. Vote. Vote.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Memo Alert - Firearms in Schools

It has been brought to RIDE’s attention that there is confusion among local education agency (LEA) personnel regarding who may carry a firearm, including a concealed-carry firearm, in a school. This confusion stems from inconsistencies among various state laws, regulations, and LEA policies that govern safety and firearms on school grounds.

With the start of the new school year, this document provides direction on how to navigate this issue and will be binding on LEAs and their personnel, effective immediately and until such time as the underlying laws are reconciled. The intent of this document is to ensure that all students in Rhode Island attend safe and secure schools, and is based on feedback from public safety experts, including the State Police, local police, as well as school administrators, teachers, and town officials.

Full Document

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Check your voter registration

If you registered to vote at the DMV this year, you can check your voter registration status at

Software glitch affects voter registration info for about 5,000 in RI
By: Ted Nesi 
Posted: Aug 31, 2018 05:56 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 31, 2018 09:13 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - About 5,000 voter registrations were processed incorrectly by the outside company that runs the official state website, state officials confirmed Friday.

Joseph Graziano, a spokesman for Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, said her office learned earlier this month about "an issue regarding changes to voter records done through the online driver's license renewal webpage handled by" The website is operated by NIC Inc., a publicly traded company based in Kansas.

Full Story

Emergency Mail Ballots

If circumstances arise within 20 days of an election, you can apply for an emergency mail ballot and vote at your local board of canvassers until 4 P.M. on the day before the election.
You can also apply for an emergency mail ballot and have it mailed to you or authorize someone to pick up your emergency mail ballot on your behalf within 20 days of an election. Remember that the State Board of Elections must receive your mail ballot by 8:00 P.M. on Election Day.
Download emergency mail ballot application:…/pdfs/emergency_mail_ballot_primar…

Monday, August 27, 2018

What you should know about every school district in RI

By: Dan McGowan 
Posted: Aug 27, 2018 12:04 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 27, 2018 12:11 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – With classes set to begin for students across Rhode Island, Eyewitness News asked superintendents from every district to identify their district’s biggest strengths and challenges heading into 2018.

Each school leader was asked five questions: 1. What’s the number one thing parents and students should know about this district this year?2. What is the biggest challenge your district faces? 3. With voters set to consider a $250-million ballot question for school repairs across the state, what are the top three building improvements needed in your district? 4. What will your school district look like 10 years from now? 5. Tell us something nobody knows about your district.

So how did they respond?

Monday, August 20, 2018

Dan McGowan's Voter Guides - Wards 9 and 15 (belated)

Ward 15 
Posted: Aug 10, 2018 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 10, 2018 07:49 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Next up: the candidates for the Ward 15 City Council seat.

Councilwoman Sabina Matos is facing a primary challenge against Democrat Oscar Vargas to represent parts of the Olneyville, Valley and Silver Lake neighborhoods. The winner of the Sept. 12 primary will not have an opponent in the general election.

Ward 15 Voter Guide

Ward 9
Posted: Aug 20, 2018 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 20, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – It's round three for Councilwoman Carmen Castillo and Hector Jose.

Castillo has twice defeated Jose in the past, first in the 2011 special Democratic primary to fill the Ward 9 seat following the death of Miguel Luna, and again in 2014. Now the two will have their first head-to-head matchup in the Sept. 12 primary.

Ward 9 Voter Guide

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Dan McGowan's Voter Guides - New! Wards 7 and 10

Ward 7
Posted: Aug 17, 2018 12:04 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 17, 2018 08:54 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The chairman of the most powerful City Council committee in Providence is facing a Democratic primary.

Councilman John Igliozzi, who serves as majority leader and chairman of the Finance Committee, is facing a challenge from David Marshall in Ward 7, which includes Silver Lake.

Ward 7 Voter Guide

Ward 10
Posted: Aug 15, 2018 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 15, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – It’s a rematch in Ward 10.

Providence City Councilman Luis Aponte is facing a Democratic primary challenge from Pedro Espinal, who lost by just 15 votes when the two squared off in 2006. Ward 10 includes the
Washington Park and Lower South Providence neighborhoods.

Ward 10 Voter Guide

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