2012-04-19 / About Town

Presidential primary at rec center Tuesday

For the island’s registered voters, the presidential primary for Democrats and Republicans will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Jamestown Recreation Center on Tuesday, April 24.

On the Democratic ballot, voters will have the opportunity to choose up to 11 delegates for Barack Obama, the only presidential candidate on the ticket. On the Republican ballot, there will be five candidates to choose from: Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Buddy Roemer or Ron Paul.

Republican delegates include three Jamestown residents. Robert J. Gallagher and Amy Lynn Gallagher will appear alongside Romney, while Hugh A. Murphy Jr. qualified to run as a delegate for Santorum.

The voter ID law doesn’t go into full effect until 2014, so no eligible voter will be turned away at the polls. Anyone who does not bring an ID may vote using a standard provisional ballot. If the signature they give matches the one on their voter registration, their ballot will be counted. However, according to Canvassing Clerk Karen Montoya, residents should still bring some form of identification if they have one. She said it will speed up the process for the voter.

To see a list of acceptable IDs, visit SOS.ri.gov and click on the “voter ID” link.

The Jamestown schools will not be polling places Tuesday. All districts must vote at the rec center.

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