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In what could be the most relevant in Rhode Island’s history, the Rhode Island Presidential Preference Primary will take place on April 26, 2016.

On Tuesday, voters will vote for one person as his or her party’s candidate for president. They will also select delegates to represent Rhode Island at his or her party’s National Convention.

A voter who wishes to vote in the Presidential Preference Primary must have been registered to vote by March 27, 2016.

  • To vote on a Democratic Ballot you must be registered to vote as a Democrat or be Unaffiliated.
  • To vote on a Republican Ballot you must be registered to vote as a Republican or be Unaffiliated.
  • To check your party affiliation, visit here or contact your local board of canvassers.

The Newport Canvassing Authority, which is comprised of three bi-partisan members and two alternates appointed by the City Council, is charged with conducting all elections in the City of Newport. It is the goal of the Authority to ensure the will of the majority of the City’s citizens is accurately voiced in each Municipal, State and General Election; and to serve the City Council and the citizens of Newport by registering as many new voters as possible and encourage all citizens to vote.

Under the direction of the State Board of Elections, and in cooperation with the Secretary of State, the Authority is involved in all phases of the electoral process, from voter registration to tallying the votes after the polls close on election day.

There are approximately 13,985 registered voters in the City of Newport.

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A voter that cannot make it to their polling place on account of circumstances that manifested twenty days or less prior to Election Day can vote by emergency mail ballot between April 6 – April 25, 2016. Contact Newport’s local board of canvassers for more information.

Statewide Primary and General Election

A Statewide Primary will be held on September 13th and the 2016 General Election will be held on November 8th. The deadline to register to vote in the party primaries is August 14th and deadline to register to vote in the general election is October 9th.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.