Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The leadership roles in Little Compton's Town Council didn't change at its first meeting since the Nov. 6 election.
Little Compton's five Town Councilors ran unopposed in the Nov. 6 election and at the council's first meeting since re-election, members voted to retain last term's leaders. Robert Mushen, the incumbent president, held the only nomination for council presidency and was unanimously elected. Alongside him, Paul Golembeske, the incumbent vice president, was also re-elected to his leadership post. Richard Humphrey's was re-elected as the town solicitor. In the first meeting after elections, councilors are historically appointed to liaison positions. "Since all five of us were re-elected, I propose the liaisons and the Town Council members previously in the position be retained," said Mushen. In other business, the Town Council authorized the …
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 …
Rhode Island voters favor Democrats in election.
It was a good night for Democrats Tuesday in Rhode Island. In Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District David Cicilline was able to win a second term against a tough race fought against Republican Brendan Doherty. The former head of the Rhode Island State Police strongly criticized Cicilline during the course of the campaign over his final leadership of the city of Providence when he was mayor for eight before heading to Washington two years ago. In the 2nd Congressional District James Langevin was able to win a seventh term over Republican Michael Riley. Riley reportedly lent his campaign more than $600,000. Langevin cited as accomplishments his work to maintain submarine production at Electric Boat and efforts to strengthen job training …
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.