Voter Guide: Election 2023

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Another Election Day has come and gone.

The big winner of the night was Gabe Amo, who won the race to finish former Congressman David Cicilline’s term in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Democrat from Pawtucket will represent Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District, which covers the eastern part of the state, including part of Providence County and all of Newport and Bristol counties.

Elsewhere, a new state senator was selected in Providence, ballot questions were approved and rejected in 10 Rhode Island cities and towns, and three mayors won new terms in Southeastern Massachusetts.

12 News is Your Local Election Headquarters and closely tracked these local races through Election Day. Below, you’ll find all the information you need to cast your vote.

Skip to a section: Key Dates | Who’s Running? | 3 Ways to Vote | What do I need? | Massachusetts Races

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Key Dates (RI)

October 8Voter registration deadline for CD1 special election Register to vote online »
Register to vote by mail »
October 17Mail ballot application deadline for CD1 special election Request a mail ballot online »
Download mail ballot application »
Oct. 18 – Nov. 6Early voting for CD1 special election Find your polling place »
November 7Election Day Find your polling place »

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Who ran?

RI’s 1st Congressional District

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RI Senate District 1 (Providence)

Democrat Jake Bissaillon was picked to represent the district in the state Senate. He defeated Republican Niyoka Powell.

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How to Vote in RI

Registered voters were able to cast their ballot three ways: in person ahead of Election Day, in person on Election Day, or by mail.

Early voting in the 1st Congressional District race took place from Oct. 18 to Nov. 6.

For those who requested a mail ballot, they had to be returned by the day of the election. Officials recommended putting the ballots in the mail at least a week in advance. Mail ballots could also be dropped off at the Board of Elections in Cranston or in secure drop-boxes located in every city and town.

Map: Drop Box and Early Voting Locations »

Anyone who planned to vote on Election Day could find their polling place on the secretary of state’s website. All polling places were open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where is my polling place ?
See my sample ballot »
Mail ballot information »

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What do I need?

To vote in person, Rhode Islanders must show photo identification. Options include:

  • Driver’s license or permit
  • US passport
  • State-issued ID card
  • Voter ID card
  • US military ID
  • ID issued by a US educational institution
  • Tribal ID

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Voters in three Southeastern Massachusetts cities chose their next mayor. (Attleboro also had an election, but Mayor Cathleen DeSimone ran unopposed.)

Key Dates

The deadline to register to vote or change your party affiliation is 10 days before any election.

Mail ballots must be requested by 5 p.m. on the fifth business day before any election.

Election Day was Tuesday, Nov. 7.

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Who ran?

Fall River Mayor

The incumbent, Paul Coogan, defeated challenger Sam Sutter.

New Bedford Mayor

Jon Mitchell earned his sixth consecutive term in office with a win over Tyson Moultrie.

Taunton Mayor

Shaunna O’Connell also won reelection. She faced a challenge from her former chief of staff, Ed Correira.

Where is my polling place ?
See my sample ballot »
Mail ballot information »

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What do I need?

In Massachusetts, voters are not required to show photo ID, but that may be requested if:

  • Someone is voting for the first time
  • Someone has been deemed an inactive voter
  • Someone is casting a provisional or challenged ballot
  • The poll worker has reasonable suspicion to make that request