PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – How many Rhode Islanders are showing up to vote in today’s big election?

It’s now possible to answer that question in real time, thanks to a live turnout tracker maintained by the secretary of state’s office and updated hourly.

But raw vote numbers are only part of the story. Which communities are voting strongly when compared with previous elections? Which places are setting a slower pace?

In the map below, Target 12 compared today’s turnout so far for all 39 Rhode Island communities to the total number of votes cast in the same community in the last midterm election four years ago. The data suggests high turnout in some South County communities, and weak turnout in some Democratic-leaning cities.

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