Welcome to What’s Up Newp’s 2020 General Election live blog.

Here you’ll find updates and dispatches from around Newport County and Rhode Island.

12 pm (Nov. 6)

Tracy Nelson, Canvassing Clerk for the City of Newport, shared the following data during a brief Canvassing meeting this morning.

Out of 105 provisional ballots cast on Tuesday, 49 will be counted in a full vote. 11 will count in the federal race, and 45 will be disqualified.

Nelson said most of the disqualified ballots is because the person filling them out was not registered and did a provisional at a polling place instead of voting at City Hall (where they would have been able to vote in the presidential race only).

Here’s how the break down for provisional ballots by precincts.

Total / full ballot counted/federal ballot counted/disqualified

2101 – 8/5/1/2

2102 – 39/12/8/19

2103 – 2/1/0/1

2104 – 1/1/0/0

2105 – 14/4/0/10

2106- 20/15/0/5

2107 – 11/6/1/4

2108 – 8/5/1/2

2109 – 2/0/0/2

Total – 105/49/11/45

Nelson also told that the Canvassing Authority that she is planning to conduct a recount the week of November 16th because races are so tight.

Nelson said she is aware that the results of 60 mail ballots, 49 provisional ballots, and an unknown number of ballots dropped off at precincts on Election day to still count.

The RI Board of Elections tweeted today,” this afternoon, we will include on our website additional results from mail ballots received by the deadline, and drop box mail ballots. Over the next several days we will include results from provisional ballots, military/overseas voters, and mail ballots cured by voters.”

9 am (Nov. 6)

Newport Canvassing Authority will meet at 11:30 am on Friday, November 6 for the purpose of;

a) qualifying provisional ballots cast in the November 3, 2020 Statewide General Election

b) tallying the write-ins cast in the November 3, 2020 Statewide General Election

Watch meeting here.

5 pm (Nov. 5)

We’ll have to wait for a few more days before every vote is counted in Newport.

According to Tracy Nelson, Canvassing Clerk/Elections Administrator for the City of Newport, we’re still waiting on results from approximately 165 outstanding ballots (approximately 60 ballots that were dropped in a dropbox on Election Day, 105 provisional ballots).

It will be a few more days before final outstanding ballots are counted in Newport

12 pm (Nov. 5)

For further updates and the latest election coverage moving forward, visit 2020 Election.

Results will be updated here – ELECTION 2020 | NEWPORT, MIDDLETOWN, AND PORTSMOUTH TURNOUT AND RESULTS

7 am (Nov. 5)

In Newport, there are still approximately 165 mail ballots still to be counted. Approximately 60 will be processed today and approximately 105 will be processed by 11:30 am on Friday. Obviously, with some races close, it is possible that these results could have an impact on where candidates fall. We’re keeping track of unofficial results here – ELECTION 2020 | NEWPORT, MIDDLETOWN, AND PORTSMOUTH TURNOUT AND RESULTS

6:21 pm (Nov. 4)

Tracy Nelson, Canvassing Clerk for the City of Newport sent the following message to candidates at 5:49 pm.

“Trying to keep everyone as informed as possible, so here’s the latest:

The board of elections updated their website at 4:10 PM, but I have been advised that these results DO NOT include any of Newport’s mail ballots from the drop boxes (city hall and 9 polling locations).  Because we have known contaminated ballots, ours were quarantined for 24 hours and will be processed tomorrow.  The minor shifts in numbers you see are ballots that were delivered to their office or their drop box or through the USPS and received by 8pm yesterday.

I know there are 60 ballots from the city hall drop box waiting to be certified.  I don’t know how many there are in each of the drop boxes from the polling locations, but there are usually not many.

Again, I do have 105 provisional ballots that I will be working on qualifying once the mail ballots are all done.  I anticipate completing those before our BOC meeting on Friday at 11:30 AM.

Have a good night everyone and I will update you as I get more information.”

4:13 pm (Nov. 4)

Results have been updated – ELECTION 2020 | NEWPORT, MIDDLETOWN, AND PORTSMOUTH TURNOUT AND RESULTS

3:13 pm (Nov. 4)

Approximately 100 mail ballots and 109 provisional ballots from the City of Newport are with the Board of Elections waiting to be counted, according to a city official. Those results are expected sometime after the Board of Elections finishes their recount in Cranston (after 4 pm).

11:21 am (Nov. 4)

The Committee Building Newport’s Future issued the following statement in response to the overwhelming passage of Newport’s local question 2 to rebuild Rogers High School and expand Pell Elementary School. 

BUILDING NEWPORT’S FUTURE REACTS TO PASSAGE OF NEWPORT SCHOOL BOND

11:08 am (Nov. 4)

Newport Mayor Jamie Bova issued a statement on Wednesday morning in response to current unofficial election results.

In this morning’s statement, Bova recognizes that we are still waiting on the final results of some close races but extends her congratulations to all candidates for campaigning in a very challenging year.

Key policy goals are highlighted in her statement, focusing on building the new high school, evaluating homestead exemption options, ensuring community-minded development, and addressing the continuing impacts of the COVID pandemic.

Bova also announces her plans to step forward for consideration for the Council Chair nomination. She indicates that she does not expect to be the only one seeking nomination and addresses her plans for an open nomination process in the statement.

MAYOR BOVA ISSUES STATEMENT ON 2020 NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL ELECTION

10:39 am (Nov. 4)

How many ballots are we waiting on the results for in Newport? Tracy Nelson, Canvassing Clerk for Newport, says she doesn’t know. But BOE will have them today.

“I have no idea how many mail ballots are in the drop boxes from the polling locations because they are sealed when they are brought to us.  They have been picked up and will be delivered to the Board of Elections today where the remainder from all 39 cities and towns will be scanned and then results will be updated,” Nelson told What’s Up Newp today.

Our math, shows Approx. 265 mail ballots were still outstanding as of 7:50 pm last night. They could be in those boxes.We’re also waiting on provisional ballot, remake ballot, and Manuel ballot results.

9 am (Nov. 4)

The Rhode Island Board of Elections will meet at 10 am on November 4. During the meeting, we expect an update on in-person, emergency in-person, and mail ballots. LIVE ON WUN | BOARD OF ELECTIONS MEETING (NOV. 4 AT 10 AM)

8:30 am (Nov. 4)

As a reminder, we are still waiting on results from mail ballots that were dropped off on Election Day, and some mail ballots leftover from Tuesday. It is unclear on how many votes that we’re still waiting on in any particular community or race.

7:30 am (Nov. 4)

We’re looking at how things stand right now here – WHERE IT STANDS | SOME NEWPORT COUNTY RACES HINGE ON FINAL RESULTS

6:25 am (Nov. 4)

Good Morning,

What a long night. 

Let’s get right to it. 

With so many folks voting in so many different ways (and some data issues) – we don’t know too much, we can’t confirm anything, and we’re not sure how many votes need to be still counted out there for Newport County and Rhode Island.

After a longer than anticipated rollout of results for mail ballots and emergency ballots, the Board of Elections announced that “150,025 mail ballots and partial results are available” and that they “will continue processing mail ballots later today and will update results”.

According to our data, there were approximately 164,509 mail ballots received before Election Day (16,910 in Newport County, 4,163 in Newport). Unofficial results also don’t yet include any mail ballots that were dropped off in a drop box on Election Day.

With that said, we’re not calling or predicting any races in Newport County (it stinks because I had a nice recap written). We just simply don’t know how many votes are still out there to be counted. When just five votes separate some races, we believe it’s only fair and appropriate to wait to call or mention any winners. We will do so when we’re confident that all votes are in.

We’ll be on top of this all day. Follow updates here…

ELECTION 2020 | NEWPORT, MIDDLETOWN, AND PORTSMOUTH TURNOUT AND RESULTS

LIVE UPDATES | ELECTION DAY IN NEWPORT COUNTY AND RHODE ISLAND

6 am (Nov. 4)

Data has not changed in local races since 2 am.

1:47 am (Nov. 4)

Via Rhode Island Board of Elections – “We’ve counted 150,025 mail ballots and partial results are available on our website. We will continue processing mail ballots later today and will update results.”

1:09 am (Nov. 4)

10 of 10 precincts reporting for Newport – polling place and emergency ballots – https://whatsupnewp.com/2020/11/election-2020-newport-middletown-and-portsmouth-turnout-and-results/

NOTE – There are still outstanding ballots to be counted across Rhode Island. The data above may continue to be updated. These results are not final.

12:59 am (Nov. 4)

Via Board of Elections – Results from precincts which could not transmit at the close of the polls due to transmission issues are being manually loaded now and will be available on our website shortly. These results could not be added until emergency voting results were received.

12:56 am (Nov. 4)

Emergency ballots (early in-person voting) results for Newport are in. bit.ly/34Rk5kO

12:34 am (Nov. 4)

Board of Elections has announced that partial mail ballot results will be posted shortly. Counting of mail ballots will continue tomorrow. Cranston and Cumberland emergency voting results will not be available until tomorrow.

11:45 pm (Nov. 3)

Emergency ballots (early in-person voting) totals have just been updated for Middletown and Portsmouth. Waiting on Newport’s election day results for Newport Public Library, and all of Newport’s Emergency ballots results. Also, waiting on all mail ballots totals.

11 pm (Nov. 3)

Update on the delay in election day vote-count in Newport. Newport Canvassing Clerk says USB would not transmit results from Newport Public Library so it needs to be driven to the Board of Elections and uploaded. The results won’t show until that time. The clerk says Newport, Jamestown, Middletown, Pawtucket, West Greenwich, and others have also had this problem.

We’ve been told a total of 427 votes were cast at Newport Library.

9 pm (Nov. 3)

Board of Elections says to expect early RI in person votes (About 150,000 votes total) to post online between 10 pm – 11 pm. RI Mail ballots (about 156,000 votes total) should post online at “11 pm or later”

8 pm (Nov. 3)

Results being updated here – ELECTION 2020 | NEWPORT, MIDDLETOWN, AND PORTSMOUTH TURNOUT AND RESULTS

4:45 pm (Nov. 3)

As of 4:45 pm, 56.1% of registered voters in Rhode Island have voted in this 2020 General Election. Here’s how the data breaks down for Newport County. Keep in mind polls are open until 8 pm this evening so these numbers will continue to grow.

Here’s when we expect to see some results this evening.

8 pm – We’ll see results from ballots cast in-person today. Right now that is approximately 140,353 in Rhode Island/8,617 in Newport County.

10 pm – We’ll see results from in-person emergency voting. 149,546 Rhode Islanders took advantage of early-voting, 16,461 of those in Newport County.

11 pm – We’ll see results from most mail ballots (these results don’t include mail ballots that were dropped in drop boxes today). Right now, it looks like 164,263 voters voted by mail, 16,887 Newport County residents voted early by mail.

Over the next few days, we’ll see remaining dropbox ballots  and provisional ballots added to the totals

Story of the night – don’t make too much of the 8 pm or 10 pm results, I’d say that when we see those 11 pm results that we might have our best idea how local results might go.

What’s Up Newp will be here for you all evening – updating our website with the latest data and results. Join us on whatsupnewp.com and please email me at ryan@whatsupnewp.com or call/text at 401-662-1653 if you see anything, have any questions, or have anything else you want to share.

Thanks for taking this ride with us,

~ Ryan

4 pm (Nov. 3)

REMINDERS:

1. Polls are open until 8 pm tonight across Rhode Island. If you are in a line and it turns 8 pm, stay in line. You have the right to vote.

2. If you still have a mail ballot, you have to drop it at an official Dropbox at a city/town hall by 8 pm.

3. If you missed the October 4 voter registration deadline, you can register to vote on Election Day and vote in the presidential race only. You will not be able to vote in any state, local, or other federal races.Rhode Islanders can only register and vote on Election Day at the location designated by their local board of canvassers. Residents in most communities should go to their city or town hall to take advantage of same-day voter registration.

3:45 pm (Nov. 3)

With four hours still to go, Rhode Island has already seen 93% of its 2016 voter turnout. Follow our coverage of turnout and results all night long here.

2:30 pm (Nov. 3)

Reminder – Polls are open in all communities in Rhode Island until 8 p.m. For your own voter information, you can visit https://vote.sos.ri.gov/.

12:30 pm (Nov. 3)

Results and turnout data for Middletown Town Council and Portsmouth Town Council can be found tonight here – ELECTION 2020 | NEWPORT, MIDDLETOWN, AND PORTSMOUTH TURNOUT AND RESULTS

11:30 am (Nov. 3)

We’ll be posting results and turnout data for the City of Newport City Council, School Committee, and School Bond later tonight here –Election 2020 | City of Newport Election Results

11:15 am (Nov. 3)

Data for Newport (broken down by precint and ward

9:45 am (Nov. 3)

2020 General Election: Newport County/Rhode Island Voter Turnout

8:45 am (Nov. 3)

We’re keeping track of how many voters are turning up at the polls today. Keep an eye on the latest election day voters, mail ballot voters, and early voters data here – 2020 Newport County Voter Turnout – General Election

8 am (Nov. 3)

What’s Up Newp took a ride around to polling places (Pell School, Rogers High School, Thompson Middle School, Newport Public Library) in the City of Newport. Candidates standing outside of each polling place told us that turnout from 7 am to 8 am was busier than they had expected. Between 7:45 am – 8:15 am, we saw the following candidates outside of polling locations – Paul Marshall, Charles Holder, Kevin Michaud, and Ray Gomes.

7 am (Nov. 3)

Polls are open!

Polls open in all communities in Rhode Island, except New Shoreham, at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 8 p.m. In New Shoreham (Block Island) polls open at 9 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Unlike the early voting period, you’ll have to vote at your assigned precinct today. Type in your name here and find your polling place and sample ballot.

If you still have your mail ballot, you have to drop it into a dropbox in front of your city/town hall by 8 pm this evening.


Reminder – If you’re in line to vote and the clock hits 8 pm, stay in line. As long as you were in line before 8 pm, you can still vote.

Participate in our Election Coverage! Tell us about your experience at the polls, share photos of what you’re seeing, and alert us to any issues that you see or experience. Email Ryan@whatsupnewp.com or text/call 401-662-1653.

What’s Up Newp will be going live on our website, Facebook Page, and YouTube channel beginning at 7:30 pm on Tuesday evening. There you can expect the latest on voter turnout, special guests, and reaction to early results. If you’re interested in joining us as a guest (live via video), shoot us a note. Ryan@whatsupnewp.com.

Good luck out there today, enjoy the day and process!

6 am (Nov. 3)

Just about one hour until polls open across the state. Polls open in all communities in Rhode Island, except New Shoreham, at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 8 p.m. In New Shoreham (Block Island) polls open at 9 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. For your own voter information, you can visit https://vote.sos.ri.gov/.

5:30 am (Nov. 3)

A reminder on how we’ll see results come down today…

Polling Place – These are ballots cast in-person at polling places on November 3rd, encrypted, and securely transmitted from the polling place to the BOE when polls close. These results will be available on the Board of Elections’ website (elections.ri.gov) on Election Night beginning at 8 pm.

In-Person Emergency Voting – These results will be transmitted by local Boards of Canvassers on Election Night and will be available on the BOE’s website beginning at 10 pm.

Mail Ballots – While the Board expects to count most mail ballots by November 3rd, ballots placed in authorized drop boxes at City/Town Halls or in polling places must still be tabulated. These ballots are sealed in envelopes and held in secure and sealed containers by the local Board of Canvassers and will be retrieved by Board of Elections teams on November 3rd.  Partial mail ballot results will be available on the Board of Elections’ website beginning at 11 p.m. but will not include these drop box ballots.

What’s Up Newp Reminder – All mail ballots for the November 3 general election must be received by election officials by 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you still have your mail ballot, you should drop it off into the dropbox at your local city or town hall. Voters can use Secretary Gorbea’s drop box finder to find the one closest to them, and track the status of their mail ballot online at vote.ri.gov.

More info here – When you can expect to start seeing results from the General Election

5:00 am (Nov. 3)

It’s finally almost over. 

By sometime Tuesday night, the last votes will be in, the counting carrying on for a few more days. In some cases, there will be those who will go to bed Tuesday evening knowing they had won, but in most cases, it’s likely the outcome will remain in doubt for perhaps a few days. That’s from the White House to local councils and school committees. But also, at stake in this country are not only elected positions but important referenda, from the legalization of marijuana (Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, South Dakota) to an anti-abortion declaration (Louisiana).

Polls open in all communities in Rhode Island, except New Shoreham, at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 8 p.m. In New Shoreham (Block Island) polls open at 9 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. For your own voter information, you can visit https://vote.sos.ri.gov/.

Read Frank Prosnitz’s look at Election Day here – Election day is here – now it’s the people’s turn

11:53 pm (Nov. 2)

37.7 of registered voters in Rhode Island early voted early in-person or by mail, according to data made available from Rhode Island Secretary of State.

Full data breakdown here – 2020 Newport County Voter Turnout – General Election

11 pm (Nov. 2)

Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is reminding Rhode Islanders about two last-minute voting options for tomorrow’s presidential election. First, if you missed the October 4 voter registration deadline, you can register to vote on Election Day and vote in the presidential race only. You will not be able to vote in any state, local, or other federal races.

Rhode Islanders can only register and vote on Election Day at the location designated by their local board of canvassers. Residents in most communities should go to their city or town hall to take advantage of same-day voter registration. However, Providence residents should go to the Dunkin Donuts Center at 1 La Salle Square and Johnston residents should go to the Senior Center at 1291 Hartford Avenue.

“With a heated presidential race and three safe and secure voting options, Rhode Islanders are casting ballots in record numbers this year,” said Secretary Gorbea. “If you missed the voter registration deadline, it’s not too late to be a part of history.”

Second, any voter who planned to vote at the polls on Election Day but is suddenly unable to go can still vote using an emergency mail ballot. For example, if a voter is required to quarantine due to COVID concerns, that voter may fill out an emergency mail ballot application and designate a person to pick up their ballot for them.

11 pm (Nov. 2)

Wondering when we may have some results from the General Election?

The Rhode Island Board of Elections has released the following timeline to help explain the vote tallying and results process.

Monday, November 2 – The Rhode Island Board of Elections (BOE) is reminding voters that they have the option to cast an emergency ballot (early in-person voting) at their local city/town hall board of canvassers office up until 4 pm on Monday, November 2

Tuesday, November 3

Polling Place – These are ballots cast in-person at polling places on November 3rd, encrypted, and securely transmitted from the polling place to the BOE when polls close. These results will be available on the Board of Elections’ website (elections.ri.gov) on Election Night beginning at 8 pm.

In-Person Emergency Voting – These results will be transmitted by local Boards of Canvassers on Election Night and will be available on the BOE’s website beginning at 10 pm.

Mail Ballots – While the Board expects to count most mail ballots by November 3rd, ballots placed in authorized drop boxes at City/Town Halls or in polling places must still be tabulated. These ballots are sealed in envelopes and held in secure and sealed containers by the local Board of Canvassers and will be retrieved by Board of Elections teams on November 3rd.  Partial mail ballot results will be available on the Board of Elections’ website beginning at 11 p.m. but will not include these drop box ballots.

What’s Up Newp Reminder – All mail ballots for the November 3 general election must be received by election officials by 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you still have your mail ballot, you should drop it off into the dropbox at your local city or town hall. Voters can use Secretary Gorbea’s drop box finder to find the one closest to them, and track the status of their mail ballot online at vote.ri.gov.

Wednesday November 4 – Thursday, November 5 – Remaining drop box ballots and any still uncounted mail ballots will be added to the Mail Ballots totals and made available on our website.  Any precincts which failed to transmit their results on Election Night due to any technical issues will be added to the Election Day results and made available on the BOE website.

Friday, November 7 – Sunday, November 9 – Provisional ballots results will be added to Polling Place Results and will be made available on the BOE website.

Monday, November 10 – Deficient mail ballots cured by voters and due to the Board of Elections by November 10thwill be added to Mail Ballots Results and will be made available on the BOE website prior to final certification.


What’s Up Newp’s full 2020 Election Coverage can be found here.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).