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The City of Newport today announced that Newport City Hall will be open for early voting beginning Wednesday, February 10 in advance of the March 2nd Statewide Special Election on Ballot Referenda.

Eligible voters are invited to cast their ballots in the Second Floor Conference Room at City Hall Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm until Friday, February 26th and from 8:30 am until 4 pm on Monday, March 1st

In addition to wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing, voters casting early ballots will also have the opportunity to utilize an automated temperature check before entering the building. 

The City says that Election Day voting will also be available at the Newport Public Library, Fenner Hall, and the Park Holm Senior Center from 7 am until 8 pm on Tuesday, March 2nd.

Voters who participate in the election will be asked seven referenda questions authorizing the state to borrow up to $400 million through bonds and temporary notes to make capital investments in several different areas. A complete list of the bond questions and the costs associated can be found at the www.CityofNewport.com/NewportVotes.

As in last November’s general election, voters will have three options to cast their ballot in the March 2 special election. Voters may choose to cast their ballot by mail, early in-person up to 20 days before the election, or at the polls on Election Day.

Voters who requested a mail ballot are encouraged to utilize the City’s designated Drop Box outside City Hall at 43 Broadway. Please note that voting at City Hall will not be available on Election Day, however due to the nature of the election, voters will be able to vote at any of the three polling locations most convenient for them. 

Special Referenda Election Schedule

•  Tuesday, February 9: Deadline to submit mail ballot applications 

•  Wednesday, February 10: Early in-person voting period begins 

•  Monday, March 1: Early in-person voting period ends at 4 p.m. 

•  Tuesday, March 2: Special Referenda Election, polls open

State Bond Questions

1)  Higher Education Facilities: $107,300,000 

2)  Beach, Clean Water and Green Bond: $74,000,000 

3)  Housing and Community Opportunity: $65,000,000 

4)  Transportation Infrastructure State Match: $71,700,000 

5)  Early Childhood Care and Education Capital Fund: $15,000,000 

6)  Cultural Arts Economy Grant Program and State Preservation Grants Program: $7,000,000 

7)  Industrial Facilities Infrastructure: $60,000,000

TOTAL BORROWING COSTS: $400,000,000

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.

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