Island voter turnout could be up on Nov. 2
With all the economic fears and controversies swirling throughout Rhode Island and the rest of the nation, it is entirely possible that Jamestown voters will turn out in greater numbers than they usually do for a midterm general election.
There will be three polling places for the Nov. 2 election: the Recreation Center, for District 1 voters; the Lawn Ave. School, for District 2 voters; and the Melrose Ave. School, for District 3 voters.
All three polling places will be open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. The applicable districts for registered voters are specified on voter registration cards and the streets in each district are also listed on the Jamestown web site.
According to statistics provided by Board of Canvassers clerk Karen Montoya, there were 4,749 Jamestown eligible voters registered as of Oct. 2 – which was the deadline for voters to register.
The total number of Jamestowners registered for Tuesday’s election is up by three percent over the registration total in 2006 – the year in which Jamestown last held a mid-term general election.
Of the 4,749 voters registered for this year’s mid-term general election, 1,425 are registered as Democrats; 700 as Republicans; 4 as Moderates; and 2,620 as unaffi liated.
According to voting statistics for previous elections, the Jamestown turnout for mid-term general elections averages 67.2 percent of registered voters. The average percentage is signifi- cantly higher – 71.3 percent – in years when presidential candidates are on the ballot.
This year, the intractable recession has sharpened voter focus on economic agendas – particularly those proposed by candidates for state office – so it’s conceivable that there will be a larger Jamestown turnout than usual for a mid-term general election.
On Tuesday’s ballot
The candidates for the U.S. House
of Representatives are:
•David N. Cicilline (Democrat)
•John J. Loughlin, II (Republican)
•Kenneth A. Capalbo (Independent)
•Gregory Raposa (“Vigilant Fox”)
The candidates for Rhode Island Governor
•Kenneth J. Block (Moderate)
•Frank T. Caprio (Democrat)
•John F. Robitaille (Republican)
•Lincoln D. Chafee (Independent)
•Joseph M. Lusi (Independent)
•Ronald Algieri (Independent)
•Todd Giroux (Independent)
The candidates for Lieutenant Governor are:
•Elizabeth H. Roberts (Democrat)
•Robert P. Venturini (“Hour With Bob”)
•Robert J. Healey (“Cool Moose”)
The candidates for Secretary of State are:
•A. Ralph Mollis (Democrat)
•Catherine Terry Taylor (Republican)
The candidates for Attorney General are:
•Christopher H. Little (Moderate)
•Peter F. Kilmartin (Democrat)
•Erik B. Wallin (Republican)
•Keven A. McKenna (Independent)
•Robert E. Rainville (Independent)
The candidates for General Treasurer are:
•Gina M. Raimondo (Democrat)
•Kernan F. King (Republican)
The candidates for Rhode Island State
Senate District 13 are:
•M. Teresa Paiva-Weed (Democrat)
•Geoffrey William Cook (Republican)
The candidates for Rhode Island General
Assembly Representative District 74 are:
•Deborah L. Ruggiero (Democrat)
•Anthony A. Mastrostefano (Republican)
•Daniel Capuano (Independent)
The referenda that will appear on
the Nov. 2 ballot are:
• Question 1, which will ask voters to approve or
reject changing the official name of the state from
“The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations”
to “The State of Rhode Island.”
• Question 2, which will ask voter approval for
$78 million in bonds for facility construction at the
University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College.
• Question 3, which will ask voter approval of
$84.7 million in transportation bonds.
• Question 4, which will ask voter approval of
$14.7 million in bonds for the purchase of additional
land in and around the former Rocky Point Park,
among other open-space initiatives.
• Question 5, which will ask Jamestowners to
approve a bond expenditure of up to $6.5 million
for the construction of a wind turbine – a question
that the Town Council wants the voters to reject.