Thursday, November 8, 2012
The final results for 2012 Middletown Elections
After nearly a two day wait, the final election results are in from the Rhode Island Board of Elections. The complete election results can be found on the bottom of the article. Here are some highlights: Middletown Town Council, More than Half the Seats Change There will be four new faces on the seven member council. Three councilors were not re-elected, including Council President Arthur Weber as well as Councilors Antone Viveiros and Edward Silveira. Richard Cambra did not run for re-election. Voters re-elected Bruce Long, Christopher Semonelli and Barbara Vonvillas for the two year term. Former council members Theresa Santos, Robert Sylvia, and Paul Rodrigues, a former council president, also won seats, along with Richard Adams…
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The final results are expected this afternoon.
[update Wed 4:00 p.m.: The Board of Elections has announced results from the absentee ballots will not be made available until Thursday afternoon] As the Board of Elections tallies the absentee ballots today, incumbent State House of Representatives candidate Dan Reilly, District 72 (Middletown, Portsmouth), remains optimistic about the race. “At this point, I am anxiously awaiting the results of the mail ballots, which I do believe will make this race even closer, if not successful for me,” said Reilly. Although challenger Linda Finn of Middletown leads by 87 votes, the absentee ballots are still outstanding. Between the two towns, over 1700 voters requested a mail-in ballot. The Board of Elections said an official count will be available…
Although there are 700 absentee ballots outstanding, it appears Middletown Town Council will have new faces.
[updated at 9:30 a.m. The official count will be available around 2 p.m. this afternoon, according to officials.] After Tuesday's election, Middletown Town Council might have several new members. The results do not include 700 absentee ballots that remain to be counted. Three incumbents did not receive enough votes for re-election, including current Council President Arthur Weber. Councilors Edward Silveria and Antone Viveiros also did not receive enough votes at the polls. Councilor Richard Cambra did not seek re-election. Challenger Paul Rodrigues was the top vote-getter for Middletown Council, pulling in 3262 total votes. "I am very proud," said his 88 year-old mother, Georginna Rodrigues with a wide smile during the democratic …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The following numbers do not represent the official count as provided by the Town of Middletown, which includes absentee ballots.
After a long day of voting, the polls are closed and the results have been counted! Challenger Paul Rodrigues was the top vote-getter for Middletown Council, pulling in 3262 total votes. "I am very proud," said his 88 year-old mother, Georginna Rodrigues with a wide smile. Council president Arthur Weber as well as incumbents Ed Silveria and Antone Viveiros and did not receive enough votes for re-election. According to the counts at the polls, the following candidates will make up the new council. There are approximately 700 absentee ballots in Middletown that are not included in the final numbers. The race for the seat in the State House of Representatives between incumbent Daniel Reilly and challenger Linda Finn remains very close. "…
Some reported waits as long as two hours to vote
Throughout the day, many Middletown residents have complained about long wait periods at the polling stations. Some poll workers reported residents found the ballots confusing to understand. At Gaudet Middletown School, candidate Linda Finn said residents had to wait over two hours and that many walked out without casting their vote. State Senator Louis DiPalma said the problem needs to be addressed. "It was way too long," said DiPalma. He said the issue is a combination of a large voter turnout along with the larger precincts with fewer polling stations. Legislation was passed at the request of the town clerks to increase the size of the precincts. "We need to revisit that," said DiPalma. On Facebook, Niko Merritt said that some …
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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 …
It's Elections 2012!
Today 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 What do you think are the main issues for Middletown? The windmills, billboards, taxes, charter changes?
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 …