6 Things to Know Before Voting in Newport

Here are six things you may need to know before heading to the polls on November 6 for the 2012 Elections.

Make your forefathers proud and vote this Tuesday in the 2012 Elections. Hopefully by now you know the issues and the candidates, but that's not all you need to know. 

From polling locations to what you need to vote to ballot questions, here's Newport Patch's list of things you need to know before voting.

1. Where Do I Vote?

Just because there's a polling place down the road doesn't mean that's where you should go to vote. Before heading out the door, make sure you're heading to the right place.

There are two great tools to help you find your polling location:

Simply enter your address into either website and find out your polling place. Both sites also list ballot questions for your region.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 6.

2.  What Do I Need to Vote?

The days of waltzing into your polling place with nothing but yourself are over. Following the recent passage of the voter ID law, all voters are required to bring an acceptable form of identification, including:

  • RI driver's license
  • US passport
  • ID card issued by US educational institution
  • US military identification card
  • State of Rhode Island or US government issued ID card
  • government issued medical card
  • Rhode Island Voter Identification Card

3. Who Do I Vote For?

Don't worry: Patch isn't trying to tell you which candidates should get your vote. What we mean is that the state senator or representative you voted for in the last election may no longer represent you.

Due to last year's remapping of state and local districts in Rhode Island following the 2010 Census, many districts have changed around the state. Click here for a map of Newport to see if your Senate, Representative and local precinct numbers (and your local polling location) have changed.

You can also visit the Secretary of State's website, where you can enter in your name and address and find out your House and Senate districts.

4.  Who's Running For What This Year?

Need a recap on the local, state or national races? Check below for the list of races that North Kingstown voters will see on the ballot along with all of the candidates. (Click the links for more info on the candidates where it's available.)

Newport City Council

  • At Large  Naomi L. Neville (incumbent), Henry F. Winthrop (incumbent), Jeanne Marie Napolitano (incumbent), Michael T. Farley, Donald P. Boucher
  • 1st Ward Charles Y. Duncan (incumbent), Marco T. Camacho  
  • 2nd Ward Justin McLaughlin (incumbent, unopposed)
  • 3rd Ward Kathryn E. Leonard (incumbent, unopposed)

Newport School Committee (seven seats)

  • Robert B. Power
  • Jo Eva Gaines*
  • Rebecca Bolan*
  • Charles P. Shoemaker, Jr.*
  • Robert J. Leary*
  • Thomas Phelan*
  • Sandra J. Flowers*

* Denotes incumbent

House District 75

  • Democrat:  Peter Martin (unopposed)

State Senate District 13

  • Democrat:  M. Teresa Paive-Weed (incumbent)
  • Republican: Geoffrey William Cook

US Congress District 1

  • Democrat: David L. Cicilline (incumbent)
  • Republican:  Brendan P. Doherty
  • Independent:  Daniel S. Vogel

US Senate

  • Democrat: Sheldon Whitehouse (incumbent)
  • Republican:  B. Barrett Hinckley III

5.  What's on the Ballot?

We've seen the TV ads for Twin River and heard the radio ads with Viola Davis regarding some of the questions on the 2012 ballot this year. Here's a breakdown of the questions you'll see this year for both state and local issues:


  1. Should Twin River in Lincoln add state-operated casino gaming (such as table games) to the types of gambling it offers?
  2. Should Newport Grand add state-operated casino gaming (such as table games) to the types of gambling it offers?
  3. Should the state issue $50 million in bonds for renovations and modernization of academic buildings at Rhode Island College (including renovations, upgrades and expansions of the health and nursing facilities)?
  4. Should the state issue $94 million in bond for the construction of a new veterans' home and renovations to existing facilities?
  5. Should the state issue $20 million in bonds to be leveraged with federal and state capitalization grants to finance waste water and drinking water infrastructure projects?
  6. Should the state issue $20 million in bonds for the following environmental and recreational purposes:
    • $4 million for Narragansett Bay & Watershed Restoration
    • $2.5 million for state land acquisition (open space) 
    • $4.5 million for farmland development rights
    • $2.5 million for local land acquisition grants
    • $5.5 million for local recreation grants
    • $1 million for historic/passive parks
  7. Should the state issue $25 million in bonds for affordable housing?


  1. Should Newport Grand be authorized to add state-operated casino gambling, including table games?

6. Where Do I Find the Results?

Check back here to Newport Patch throughout Election Day for the latest stories and results. We will try to have the official results posted as soon as possible. 

Still confused about where/how/when to vote? Contact the Board of Canvassers office at (401) 845-5386.

Chip Leakas November 05, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Newport Grand can be relocated anywhere in Newport. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=450729198297375&set=a.447030392000589.91891.447020722001556&type=1&theater Can't relocate Newport Grand? READ FOR YOURSELF! http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText12/SenateText12/S2695A.pdf AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- AUTHORIZING STATE- OPERATED CASINO GAMING AT NEWPORT GRAND SUBJECT TO STATEWIDE AND LOCAL VOTER APPROVAL
John Weisley November 06, 2012 at 04:24 AM
When I first moved to Newport 22 years ago, I was greeted by the architectural abomination that is/was Jai Alai, the uggliest building that is not a coal burning power plant in a 50 mile radius. Then they went through a major renovation, to make it once again the uggliest building in Newport. There is a parkinglot for over 2,000 cars, yet at no time have more than 300 cars every parked there. I had the great honor of going to "Newport Grand" twice. The inside is like the Rogers gymnasium if they stuffed it full of video gambling machines. The food is horrible, the people who are gambling there are horrible and depressing. It smells like a newport cigarettes factory. I know several people who work there and I don't want them to lose their jobs. But the fact that the casino industry is suffering during a recession does not mean that voting for some ballot measure will fix that. Newport Grand's problem is that the owners suck all the money out, and put none back in. They don't care about the casino's appearance, inside or out, and their lack of pride shows.
Dale Clark November 06, 2012 at 07:20 AM
Hello my name is Dale R. Clark I am running as a Write-in canidate.I am the only one running for any council seat sept for Charles Duncan who would not coment one-way or the other about gaming,said it was up to the people to deside.I am and always have been opposed to Newport-Grand expansion.I am runninf=g as for Council at Large as a WRITE--IN CANIDATE please Write my name in the box Dale R. Clark.I am local born resident of Newport.Thank-you Newport.


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