WOONSOCKET – City voters will use 11 polling locations when voting in Tuesday’s nonpartisan primary for local elected office, according to Estelle Corriveau, manager of the Board of Canvassers.
The ballot for the primary is highlighted by a four-candidate contest for mayor and will also include a listing of 15 candidates for City Council. The withdrawal of council candidate Jeffrey P. Belknap this week will send all 14 remaining council candidates onto the ballot for the Nov. 5 city election, she said.
In the race for mayor, primary voters will select just one mayoral candidate as their ballot choice for that category.
The mayoral ballot will include state Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, political newcomer David A. Fisher, Mayor Leo T. Fontaine, and longtime local candidate Michael E. Moniz.
Only the top two vote-getters for mayor will move on to the Nov. 5 election with the 14 candidates for council. A council of seven will be voted in on Nov. 5.
There is no election of a School Committee this year due to a city charter change making that panel appointed by the mayor with concurrence of the City Council. The terms of the elected mayor and seven members of the City Council will be three years to allow city elections to be synchronized with the state election calendar as another charter change.
Voters will select just a single candidate from the list of four mayoral candidates on their ballots, and seven for council. Ballots overvoted will be kicked out of the automatic ballot counting machine at the polling place, as will be ballots undervoted.
An undervoted ballot can be recorded if the voter has a poll worker activate the undervote override on the machine and refile the ballot, according to the Board of Canvassers.
The polling places for Oct. 8 are the Middle School at Hamlet at 60 Florence Drive; John F. Kennedy Manor, 547 Clinton St.; Park View Manor, 218 Pond St.; Fairmount Heights, 525 Second Ave.; Crepeau Court, 100 Front St.; No.1 Fire Station, 169 Providence St.; Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School Hall, 1371 Park Ave.; Bernon Heights School Cafeteria, 657 Logee St.; Leo A. Savoie School Cafeteria, 990 Mendon Road; Woonsocket Senior High School Cafeteria, 777 Cass Ave., and Gov. Pothier School Gym, 420 Robinson St. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
Each polling place will have a poll moderator, poll clerk, and four poll supervisors working the primary. The three members of the Board of Canvassers and three Board of Elections staff will be working at the Board of Canvassers’ office collecting and processing results, according to Corriveau.
It is no longer possible to register to vote in the primary, but Corriveau said city residents can still register for the Nov. 5 election until Sunday, Oct. 6.
In addition to being able to register at the Board of Canvassers office during City Hall hours and at the Woonsocket Public Library, Corriveau will be working at her office from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. taking registrations on Oct. 6, the last day of registration. Voters who show up at the polls must possess a valid form of identification to receive a ballot. The identification options include a R.I. driver’s license, a U.S. passport, an ID issued by a U.S. educational institution, U.S. military identification, or a State of Rhode Island or U.S. Government-issued ID card.
A voter ID day will be held at the Woonsocket Senior Center at 84 Social St. from 10 a.m. to noon. A list of acceptable IDs and proofs of identification needed to obtain a Voter ID Card can be obtained by calling 222-2340 or visiting sos.ri.gov.