2008-09-04 / Front Page

One race causes Jamestown to hold primary election

By Adrienne Downing

The November presidential election is shaping up to be one of the tightest elections in recent history, but that is not the case for the sole race on the Jamestown primary ballot in Tuesday's election.

While the names of all office seekers will be on the Sept. 9 ballot, only incumbent U. S. Senator Jack Reed will have an opponent in the primary. Christopher Young, a candidate who has run unsuccessfully for several seats including mayor of Providence, state senate and representative seats, is seeking Reed's seat as a Democrat in the U.S. Senate.

The match up has caused more than 15 communities in Rhode Island to hold primaries, when local elections did not require one.

"It has cost the town of Jamestown more than $1,000 to have one polling place open, but some larger municipalities could have 14 or more open for one primary," Karen Montoya, canvassing clerk for the Board of Canvassers said.

Young has not campaigned in Jamestown and most locals are unfamiliar with him, while Reed maintains a home on the island.

According to his Website, Young is against the war, is pro life and does not take campaign contributions.

In a change from previous elections, where the Recreation Center has been used when only one polling place is needed, Lawn Avenue School will be the polling site from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. "Normally we would use the Recreation Center, but because state law mandates that schools are closed that day, we will use the school," Montoya said.

Looking forward to the general election in November, Montoya said that the deadline for absentee ballot applications is approaching. "Absentee ballot requests must be received by 4 p.m. on Oct. 14," Montoya said. "Parents of college students who want to vote in the election can request a ballot for their student or the student can access the application on the town Website." Applications may be downloaded online, but must be printed and completed before they are signed and mailed in.

"Every election I have someone who has to spend their money to Fed Ex their application in to make sure it is here on time," Montoya said.

Voters who need to change their address may do so when they vote in Tuesday's election or they may stop by Town Hall and fill out a change of address form.

For more information or answers to election questions, contact Montoya at 423-7200 and ask for the canvassing clerk.

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