Monday, November 26, 2012
The Tiverton Town Clerk dismissed a complaint leveled against a Fort Barton Elementary School secretary for having political paraphernalia on her desk.
After investigating claims that a Fort Barton School secretary was displaying political paraphernalia, the Tiverton Town Clerk dismissed the complaint last week. The complaint, levied by Hilton Street resident Donna Cook alleged that on Oct. 25, a Fort Barton Elementary School employee had three Tiverton 1st pins on a desk. "I was not happy to see a town school building being used to distribute campaign material from a [political action committee]," said Cook in her formal complaint. "There should be no campaign activity in our schools. The school department is in violation of the Tiverton Town Charter." Citing Sec. 1218 of the town charter that states no town employee shall attempt to influence the outcome of an election, Cook requested a…
Friday, November 9, 2012
Unofficial results remained unchallenged by additional mail-in votes counted at the state Board of Elections this week.
Almost 500 mail-in ballots did not unhinge the unofficial results tallied in Tiverton and Little Compton on Tuesday. After two days of counting, the state Board of Elections released the mail-in ballot tallies on Thursday evening. Despite bolstering the numbers, the lineups in each of Tiverton and Little Compton's contested races remained unchanged from the unofficial results previously reported. On the Tiverton Town Council four incumbents retained their seats, welcoming aboard three new councilors. Two council members, David Nelson and Robert Coulter, lost their bid for re-election, while Cecil Leonard did not run for re-election this term. Voters showed strong support for council President Jay J. Lambert, who once again was the …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Tiverton School Committee hopeful Justin Katz offers words of thanks and congratulations after he was not awarded a seat on the committee on Tuesday.
Tiverton Democratic Town Committee Chairman Mike Burk writes a letter to the editor.
The Board of Elections is still counting mail-in ballots on Thursday, after workers couldn't process the 18,000 ballots by Wednesday. Tiverton results council be skewed, while Little Compton's will likely stay about the same.
Tiverton is still awaiting totals from approximately 515 mail-in ballots before official results can be called in its Town Council, School Committee and Budget Committee races. According to the State Board of Elections, the results of the counts from mail-in ballots across Rhode Island will not be released until Thursday afternoon. The board originally promised the numbers by close-of-business on Wednesday. About 18,000 ballots were counted and certified prior to Election Day, but state law prohibits counting until polls are opened. The sheer volume is delaying the count despite using four counting machines to process the ballots. These 515 or so ballots could potentially skew results in Tiverton's local races. The biggest potential for …
A photo montage of Election Day 2012 in Tiverton and Little Compton.
From 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., Tiverton and Little Compton local candidates braved the elements and toured the polling precincts in a last-ditch effort to win votes on Election Day 2012. Find unofficial race results here for Tiverton and Little Compton's local races. The final tallies will not be certified until mail-in ballots are counted on Thursday. Share your election day photos by clicking the green "Add a Photo or Video" button. Share you Election Day 2012 memories in the comments below.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Voters jumped a few hurdles to make it to the polls on Election Day in Tiverton. Little Compton voters battled long lines at the town's only polling precinct.
Despite confusion over where to go to cast a vote for some Tiverton residents and an hour-long closure of Bulgarmarsh road, more than 55 percent of registered voters turned up on Election Day, according to unofficial estimates. Redistricting shuffled district lines and added a new polling precinct, but Town Clerk Nancy Mello reported the elections continued with relative smoothness throughout the day. Extra volunteers manned the tables to reroute misinformed voters at each of the town's nine polling precincts (Tiverton Town Hall served as the locale for two precincts.) "Most people have been understanding and just a few people have been irate," Mello said around 1 p.m. on Tuesday. Mello said multiple mailings were sent home to warn …
Tiverton 1st and Democratic candidates carried a majority of wins in local races as the unofficial results came in on Tuesday night,
Cheers filled the room at Family Ties Restaurant on Tuesday night where Tiverton 1st candidates, their families and supporters gathered with the Tiverton Democratic Town Committee (TDTC) to tally the ballots. Tiverton 1st and TDTC-endorsed candidates won a majority each of the town's local races. After a long day braving freezing temperatures and touring Tiverton's seven polling precincts to make last-minute ploys to voters, Tiverton 1st and the Tiverton Democratic Town Committee celebrated a swathe of victories wtih hot food and good drinks on Tuesday night. Five of the elected Town Council members are endorsed by Tiverton 1st: Edward Roderick, Denise deMedeiros, William Gerlach, Brett Pelletier and James Arruda. Incumbents Jay Lambert …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voters in Rhode Island on Tuesday cast their ballot for Barack Obama, giving him the state's 4 Electoral votes.
Barack Obama won Rhode Island’s 4 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican Mitt Romney. In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Democratic candidate, and since the 1990s has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race 3 out of 5 times. Romney and Obama did not campaign aggressively in Rhode Island. The state has typically been a Democratic stronghold in recent presidential elections. The economy was a key issue for many voters in the state, as was healthcare. Obama won 59.4 percent, or 4,349, of Tiverton's preseidential votes while Romney picked up 2,831 and 38.7 percent. In Little Compton Obama took in 55.8 percent of the popular vote with 1,107 votes. Romney won 809 votes or 41.9 percent.
Keep up with the local tallies on Tiverton-Little Compton Patch as the results roll in tonight in real time.
The unofficial results are in, declaring the winners and losers in the local races and candidates who hung in on the campaign trail for 13 hours on Election Day, traveling to polling precincts, touting political signs and braving 30-degree temperatures. Tiverton Town Council Incumbent Jay J. Lambert mimicked his 2010 win, again pulling in the highest number of votes with 2,925 total votes, according to tallies from the town's seven precincts. Incumbents Edward A. Roderick, Brett N. Pelletier and Joan Chabot will join Lambert at the table when the new council is sworn in on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Town Hall. Newcomers to the council are Denise M. deMedeiros, James J. Arruda, and William P. Gerlach. These approximate counts do not include …