Poll workers listen to Newport Canvassing Clerk Tracy Nelson during one of two training sessions held in advance of the November 6th elections at City Hall on Thursday, Oct. 25.

(Photo: Poll workers listen to Newport Canvassing Clerk Tracy Nelson during one of two training sessions held in advance of the November 6th elections at City Hall on Thursday, Oct. 25.)

Newport, RI – As voters get ready to head to the polls on Nov. 6th, Newport’s Canvassing Department has been busy making sure the City’s contingent of poll workers are well trained and ready to serve on Election Day.

Tasked with ensuring that voters are able to properly cast their ballots at the City’s various polling locations, Newport’s Election Day workers are a critical part of our democratic process.

On Thursday, October 25th Newport Canvassing Clerk Tracy Nelson hosted a pair of in-depth training courses designed to introduce new poll workers to their expected duties, and to provide a refresher for more experienced workers. In all, more than 30 poll workers took part in the training sessions, which were held inside the City Council Chambers.

Polls across the City are due to open on Tuesday, Nov. 6th at 7 am and will close promptly at 8 pm.

For those faced with circumstances that prevent them from going to the polls on Election Day, there’s still a way to make sure their votes are cast. Emergency ballots, which can be submitted in person or via mail, are available until Monday, Nov. 5th through the City’s Canvassing Office, located on the first floor of City Hall at 43 Broadway. Ballots can be submitted during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for Nov. 5th when ballots will be accepted from 8:30 am – 4 pm.

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 - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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 ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.