PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Islanders headed to the polls Tuesday for a special election regarding seven bond questions.
Voters were asked to approve or deny a total of $400 million worth of borrowing for various projects, from building new educational facilities to developing affordable housing. Polls closed at 8 p.m. and results are beginning to come in.
Results Note: In addition to 57 physical precinct locations, 11 non-physical precincts have been established to display emergency and mail ballot results for communities with more than one polling location open on March 2, 2021. Non-physical precincts are labelled as MAIL AND EMERGENCY VOTING throughout the BOE site.
Like the November election, Rhode Islanders were encouraged to make use of mail ballots and early voting to reduce crowds on Election Day due to the pandemic.
According to the R.I. Secretary of State’s Office, roughly 9,400 voters submitted an emergency ballot in person during the early voting period from Feb. 10 to March 1.
As for mail ballots, 67,250 had been scanned as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. In order to be counted, mail ballots must have been received by 8 p.m.
Below is a breakdown of each question on Tuesday’s ballot.
$107 million for higher education projects at all three state colleges, including a fine arts center at URI, Clarke Science Building at RIC, and renovations at all four CCRI campuses
$74 million for green initiatives including state beaches, campgrounds, parks (including the I-195 land park), clean water, the Woonasquatucket greenway project and Providence river dredging
$65 million for affordable housing development
$72 million for transportation infrastructure, to match federal funds for ports, highways, roads and bridges
$15 million for early childhood facilities and the education capital fund
$7 million for arts and culture including the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts grant program, Trinity Repertory Company and Rhode Island Philharmonic
$60 million for Quonset to develop the Port of Davisville and acquire and develop other industrial sites for “job-producing activities”