Be prepared to be a voter September 13

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is reminding Rhode Island voters to be prepared for the state primaries scheduled for Tuesday, September 13. Voters should use the Department of State’s Voter Information Center (VIC) at to find their polling place and preview their sample ballots.

Across the state, there are 63 primary races ranging from the state’s two congressional seats to local offices such as school committee and town council. For the General Assembly, there are eight contested primaries for state Senate seats and 19 for the House. Some local races include nonpartisan races and voters are encouraged to familiarize themselves with their ballots before heading to the polls.

«Voting is your opportunity to help decide who represents you at all levels of government,» Secretary Gorbea said. «I encourage all Rhode Island voters to go to and use the Voter Information Center to prepare themselves ahead of the primary elections.»

Secretary Gorbea also reminds voters who are unable to vote at their polling place on Election Day to go to their local city or town hall through September 12 and vote using an emergency ballot.

There will be 411 polling places open throughout Rhode Island for the September 13 primaries and the VIC has interactive maps for voters to easily find their polling location. Voters without online access should contact their local board of canvassers, listed below.

For more information about this year’s elections, email or call (401) 222-2340.

Local Board of Canvassers Contact Information: City or Town Phone Number Barrington 247-1900 x4 Bristol 253-7000 Burrillville 568-4300 Central Falls 727-7450 Charlestown 364-1200 Coventry 822-9150 Cranston 780-3126 Cumberland 728-2400 East Greenwich 886-8603 East Providence 435-7502 Exeter 294-2287 Foster 392-9201 Glocester 568-6206 x0 Hopkinton 377-7777 Jamestown 423-9804 Johnston 553-8856 Lincoln 333-1140 Little Compton 635-4400 Middletown 849-5540 Narragansett 782-0625 Newport 845-5386 New Shoreham 466-3200 North Kingstown 294-3331 x128 North Providence 232-0900 North Smithfield 767-2200 Pawtucket 722-1637 Portsmouth 683-3157 Providence 421-0495 Richmond 539-9000 x9 Scituate 647-7466 Smithfield 233-1000 South Kingstown 789-9331 x1231 Tiverton 625-6703 Warren 245-7340 x4 Warwick 738-2000 West Greenwich 392-3800 West Warwick 822-9201 Westerly 348-2503 Woonsocket 767-9223