Voter Guide: What you need to know for March 2 special election in RI

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Voting is underway for Rhode Island’s March 2 special election.

Rhode Islanders are being asked to approve or deny series of bond referendums seeking a total of $400 million worth of borrowing to fund various projects including affordable housing development, transportation infrastructure work, and facilities for higher education.

Deadlines

  • Tuesday, Feb. 9: Mail ballot applications must be received by 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 10: Early in-person voting period begins
  • Monday, March 1: Early in-person voting period ends at 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 2: Special referenda election, polls open 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

How to Vote

Like the November election, Rhode Islanders have the option to cast their ballot by mail or in person, either during the early voting period or on election day.

By Mail

Voters using the mail ballot option can track its status here.

If you missed the deadline to send your ballot through the mail, it can be dropped off at your local board of canvassers or in one of the secure dropboxes located in every city and town.

To be counted, mail ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2.

List: Local Boards of Canvassers | Map: Mail ballot drop-off locations

Accessible mail ballots were also available for those who need them.

In Person

Rhode Islanders can also cast their votes in person on March 2.

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Early in-person voting was available from Feb. 10 to March 1.

As of Monday afternoon, 6,753 voters had submitted emergency ballots in person and 65,899 mail ballots had been returned, according to the R.I. Board of Elections.


Bond Referendums

Question 1

$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

Question 2

$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

Question 3

$65 million for affordable housing development

Question 4

$72 million for transportation infrastructure, to match federal funds for ports, highways, roads and bridges

Question 5

$15 million for early childhood facilities and the education capital fund

Question 6

$7 million for arts and culture including the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts grant program, Trinity Repertory Company and Rhode Island Philharmonic

Question 7

$60 million for Quonset to develop the Port of Davisville and acquire and develop other industrial sites for “job-producing activities”

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