Secretary of State Mollis is reminding residents of Providence’s Ward 9 that this Saturday is the deadline to register to vote in the special election to fill the late Miguel Luna’s City Council seat. Residents are scheduled to go to the polls on November 29. State law requires voters to be registered at least 30 days before an election in order to be eligible to cast a ballot.
In order to register and vote in the special election, you must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen and a resident of Ward 9. In addition, state law requires registered voters who have recently changed their names or moved into Ward 9 to re-register. If you are not sure whether you are registered to vote or whether your voter-registration information is up to date, check for yourself using our Voter Information Center.
Even though the deadline falls on a Saturday, Providence officials will open City Hall from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for residents to register or update their voter registration at the last minute. Carmen Castillo, who won last Tuesday’s Democratic primary, will face off again Republican Christian Chirino. Castillo’s name will appear first on the ballot thanks to winning the public lottery we held.
There are two more upcoming milestones in the November 29 election calendar.
Nov. 8 is the deadline to request a mail ballot. The Providence Board of Canvassers must receive applications by 4pm on the 8th.
After the deadline for requesting a mail ballot passes, voters who unexpectedly find that they will be unable to vote at their polling place can go to city hall during normal business hours through Nov. 28 and request an Emergency Ballot.