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Election Information for Voters

You must register to vote in the Sept. 11 primary by Sunday; redistricting creates new districts; polling places changing in Barrington.

Your final day to register to vote in the Sept. 11 primary in Rhode Island is Sunday, Aug. 12.

The Barrington Town Hall will be open from 1 to 4 pm for you to register, according to Town Clerk Linda James.

New voters or any voters who need to make a change to their registration can also stop by the Town Hall during regular business hours, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, on Thursday and Friday.

You should have received a green postcard mailed to you to inform you of your voting district, James said. It includes your precinct numbers and your polling location. Districts were changed as a result of the redistricting in Rhode Island.

The number of polling places in Barrington also has been reduced from 8 to 5. Voters must cast their ballots at the poll indicated on the green postcard.

Here are the new polls in Barrington:

66-1 – Barrington High School on Lincoln Avenue

66-2 – Barrington Middle School on Middle Highway

66-3 – Nayatt School on Nayatt Road

67-4 – Hampden Meadows School on New Meadow Road

67-5 – Sowams School on Sowams Road

Three locations were eliminated: Primrose Hill School, the Barrington Senior Center and St. John’s Episcopal Church.

For more information, go to the Town of Barrington website where there is a detailed district map and a link to the RI Secretary of State’s office, which also will identify your polling place.

There is a new voting time as well: 7 am to 8 pm. Rhode Island’s voting time now is in line with all other New England states. A bill sponsored by Barrington Sen. David Bates to change the time was approved by the General Assembly.

You must also provide identification at the polls this year. You will be asked by a poll worker to show an ID if you want to vote. Get a list of acceptable IDs from the Board of Canvassers or at the Secretary of State’s website: www.sos.ri.gov/vic.

A new mail ballot applications also allows you to vote if you can’t get to a poll on Election Day. Visit http://sos.ri.gov/elections/forms/ to print and complete a mail ballot application. Or contact the Board of Canvassers to get a mail ballot application.

Voters have only one primary race this year – the Democratic Primary race for Congressman in District 1. The candidates are the incumbent, David Cicilline, and two challengers, Anthony P. Gemma and Christopher Young.

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