Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voters in Rhode Island on Tuesday cast their ballot for Barack Obama, giving him the state's 4 Electoral votes.
Barack Obama won Rhode Island’s 4 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican Mitt Romney. The Wall Street Journal along with the Associated Press has called the race in Rhode Island declaring Obama the winner. In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Democratic candidate, and since the 1990s has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race 3 out of 5 times. Romney and Obama did not campaign aggressively in Rhode Island. The state has typically been a Democratic stronghold in recent presidential elections. The economy was a key issue for many voters in the state.
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Rhode Island state law allows people who have not registered to vote to cast a ballot of the top office
Yes, Virginia, you can vote for president on Election Day even if you didn't register. According to Rhode Island General Law 17-1-3, people who missed the voter registration deadline may vote for president/vice president only at their local Board of Canvassers on Election Day. In Middletown , you can do that at Middletown Town Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 6, during regular polling hours (7 a.m. to 8 p.m.). Swift is the only EG polling place set up for this. You will need to show an ID and complete a registration form. You will then be given a ballot for President/Vice President only. This is also for people who have moved to EG from another city or town in Rhode Island over a year ago but failed to change their address. For more information …
A letter submitted by Middletown resident Jon Reese
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
Tomorrow is election day. Learn how to follow the elections, what are the issues and how to vote.
Tomorrow is Election Day! Here is a guide to help you make a decision, cast your vote and follow the elections real time on Patch tomorrow. Voter Information Here are some ways to use Patch tomorrow:
The following was submitted by Timothy C. Duffy, Executive Director for the Rhode Island Association of School Committees
Middletown Residents, In addition to casting ballots for President Congress and local officials, Middletown voters will have the opportunity to vote on a number of changes to their town charter. Two of the changes would have an impact on the Middletown school district. Question 9. “To provide that the council has the power to merge common duties, functions and/or services of any two or more agencies of departments of the town?” Question 13. “To provide that all collective bargaining agreements affecting employees of any department, including the School Department, must be ratified by a majority vote of the town council before they become effective, and that the council shall not vote on such an agreement until it has in its possession …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Billboards on East Main Road currently bring in $42,500 of advertising revenue. Council has said they do not plan to renew the lease, which is set to expire at the end of November.
For three years Middletown has rented space to the advertising company Lamar, for the right to place billboards at the town's Boulevard Nurseries property on East Main Road. The town receives $42,500 annually for the agreement, which is set to expire at the end of November. The council voted not to renew the lease. Scenic America has formally commended the council for its decision. Scenic America is a nonprofit advocacy organization based out of Washington D.C. with a stated mission to preserve the scenic character of America's communities and countryside. The organization said the site piqued their interest while on a retreat in Newport last summer. “We were so fascinated by the story of the billboards located along East Main Road in …
The following letter was submitted by Charles Vaillancourt of 10 Wyndham Hill Road
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
In a recent press release, several candidates for Middletown Town Council challenged the current Council’s decision to remove billboards on East Main Road. The challengers are lead by former council members Paul Rodrigues and Robert Sylvia. Apparently they have not garnered much enthusiasm from their campaigns, so they had to resort to hiring a lawyer and sending out press releases to increase their exposure. The problem is, all they have succeeded in doing is reminding us of the costly trouble they have created in the past. The premise of their argument is to save money. But threatening to put taxpayers in the middle of a costly legal battle, all to promote their own campaigns, does not save the taxpayers money. They would like you to …