2007-10-04 / News

Democrat to top Nov. 6 ballot

Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis announced Monday where the candidates for several of Jamestown municipal offices will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Mollis invited the public to attend the Sept. 28 ballot lottery to decide party ballot placement.

"I campaigned for this office on a pledge to make government more transparent. There is nothing that will give voters more faith in the fairness of their elections than the opportunity to see for themselves how the process unfolds," said Mollis.

As a result of the lottery, a Democrat will be listed first on the ballot in the races for town moderator, school committee and town council. According to the town of Jamestown's practice, the names of Democratic candidates will alternate with those of Republican candidates until every candidate for a particular office has been listed.

Rhode Island's general laws give the Secretary of State the authority to set the calendar and hold lotteries to determine ballot placement for special primary elections and special elections under certain circumstances.

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