Mail ballot update
The following message was shared by Town Clerk Molly Fitzpatrick on Tuesday, Oct. 8:
For everyone who has applied for a mail ballot, please know the state began mailing them out statewide on Monday. Some Block Island ballots were sent Tuesday and you should see them come in soon. Please be very careful to follow the instructions and use BOTH envelopes supplied when you return your voted ballot. You can track the progress of your mail ballot on the internet at ri.vote.gov. Three ways to return your voted ballot so it is counted: 1) Mail your ballot to the Board of Elections PO Box in Providence, using both envelopes. Be sure it is received by November 3, 2020. 2) Physically deliver it to the Board of Elections headquarters in Cranston by 8:00 PM November 3, 2020. Use both envelopes. 3) Use the convenient drop box outside Town Hall. It’s an official election drop center. Your voted ballot has to be packed correctly in both envelopes. If you put it in the drop box before 8:00 PM November 3, 2020 we will deliver your ballot to Cranston and it will be counted.
There is still time – not much - to apply for a mail ballot. We need your application at Town Hall by 4:00 PM Tuesday, October 13.
If you haven’t applied for a mail ballot yet, consider voting in person at the Town Hall emergency precinct beginning October 14. The polling place will be open Monday through Friday, 9:00 to 3:00 from October 14 to Election Day. Wear your mask, bring your ID.
I’m sorry that you cannot vote at the emergency precinct if you’ve applied for a mail ballot.
New Shoreham Town Clerk Fiona Fitzpatrick
Block Island Town Hall