Primary elections set for Sept. 12
Jamestowners will go to the polls on Tuesday, Sept. 12, to vote in party primary elections for statewide offices.
Polling will take place from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. with District 1 voters going to the Community Center and Districts 2 and 3 using the Lawn Avenue School.
Anyone not familiar with their district can call the canvassing clerk at Town Hall.
On the ballot are candidates running for U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, general treasurer, and representatives to the state General Assembly.
On the Republican ballot, voters can choose between incumbent Lincoln D. Chafee or Cranston Mayor Stephen P. Laffey for U.S. Senate. Democrats running for the same seat include Sheldon Whitehouse, Christopher F. Young and Carl L. Sheeler.
For U.S. Congressional District 1, Republicans can select Jonathan P. Scott or Edmund R. Leather. Incumbent Patrick J. Kennedy is running unopposed on his Democratic Party ballot.
Both gubernatorial candidates, Republican Donald L. Carcieri and Democrat Charles J. Fogarty, are running unopposed in their parties.
Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor are Elizabeth H. Roberts and Spencer E. Dickinson. On the Republican ticket for that office are Reginald A. Centracchio and Kernan F. King.
For secretary of state, Democrats can select A. Ralph Mollis or Guillaume de Ramel. Republican Sue A. Stenhouse is running unopposed.
Both candidates for attorney general are running unopposed on their party tickets. They are Democratic incumbent Patrick C. Lynch and Jamestown resident and Republican J. William W. Harsch.
For general treasurer, both Democrat Frank T. Caprio and Republican Andrew M. Lyon III are running unopposed.
Both of Jamestown's representatives to the General Assembly are running without opposition on their party tickets. They are Democrat M. Teresa Paiva-Weed for Senate Disrict 13 (JamestownNewport) and Republican Bruce J. Long in House District 74 (Jamestown-Middletown).
Jamestown Canvassing Clerk Karen Montoya said that it is too late for anyone who is registered as either a Democrat or a Republican to disaffiliate from their party to vote the other party's ballot. They can only choose the ballot of the party for which they were registered by June 14, 2006, Montoya said. However, anyone who is an unaffiliated voter, may vote for either party, but must choose one or the other ballot, she added.
After a voter casts their ballot, they can disaffiliate from the party whose ballot they selected, Montoya said.
For example, if an unaffiliated voter selected the Republican ballot because they were particularly interested in the Chafee vs. Laffey race, he or she must fill out a disaffiliation form after voting or that person will remain a Republican on the town's voter registration list, Montoya said.
Emergency ballots, for anyone who will be out of town on Sept. 12, with certain restrictions, will be available at Town Hall until Monday, Sept. 11. Montoya noted that voters must explain the reason they are voting by emergency ballot and sign an affidavit saying that the emergency ballot is truly for an emergency.
Montoya said about 30 percent of Jamestown's 4,892 registered voters are expected to turn out for a primary election.
Currently the town has 1,080 Democrats, 670 Republicans and 2,803 unaffiliated voters, Montoya said.