The Rhode Island Board of Elections hosted a meeting on Friday, October 16 at 10 am to discuss the decision by Newport Canvassing Authority to close Park Holm Center closed as a polling center.

The only agenda item on their agenda was, “The Board may discuss and vote on the Newport Board of Canvassers decision to close the Park Holm Senior Center polling place in precinct 2109 and moving the location to the Pell Elementary School in precinct 2102.”

The Board of Elections voted unanimously to order the City of Newport’s Canvassing Authority to open Park Holm Center for the upcoming election.

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Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He 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 and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

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