State Referenda — Early In-Person Voting Has Started

Voter Information Handbooks have started showing up in mailboxes providing guidance for the state’s Special Election on March 2nd. There are a few ways to vote.

Go here for how to Vote Early In-Person. This opportunity runs through March 1st. You will need a valid photo ID. There are links to your local Boards of Canvassers there.

Go here for info about Voting by Mail Ballot.

Or on March 2nd, Vote In Person on Election Day. Bring your photo ID. Polls close at 8pm.

On Thursday, February 25, Common Cause Rhode Island is holding a webinar, “What’s on the ballot?” during which experts and advocates will help explain the issues.

Treasurer Seth Magaziner will join us at the beginning of the event to speak briefly about how bonds work. Our panelists will consist of representatives from groups supporting these legislatively referred bond questions and other individuals.


For a complete description of the seven referenda, the Secretary of State provides a pdf, but go to Ballotpedia for an online version.

Public policy consultant, Tom Sgouros, urges a No Vote on Question 4 (Transportation), adding this interesting tidbit, “This special election was made necessary by the General Assembly’s inability to pass a budget in time for last November’s election.” He makes some very compelling points.

The Providence Preservation Society urges a Yes Vote on Questions 2, 3, and 6. (Beach, Clean Water, Green), (Housing and Community Opportunity), and (Cultural Arts and the Economy Grant Program and State Preservation Grants) respectively.


This image shows the Providence River and the pedestrian bridge area.

Question 2, Section (b) states:

$4,000,000 for park infrastructure development on the former I-195 land Providence. The nearly 7-acre park spans both sides of the Providence River and is connected by a pedestrian bridge that opened in 2019. Funds will be used to construct park infrastructure to enhance utilities, support park operations and programming, and enable food and beverage service.


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