Election officials see few problems on primary day

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The head of the Rhode Island Board of Elections said Tuesday’s primary election was one of the best in recent memory in light of the potential challenges that could have arisen.

After last year’s election saw widespread problems with long, unruly lines of voters, polling locations were changed in numerous districts. Also, this was the first year that the state’s Voter ID law was implemented in full.

Executive Director Robert Kando said there were no reports of any lines, and that it was one of the cleanest elections Rhode Island has had in a long time.

Kando said there were some minor problems with the ballot marking devices, which happens just about every election, though there were enough technicians and extra equipment on hand to fix any issues.

In the next few days, the board will be busy certifying the roughly 6,000 mail-in ballots.

“Once the mail ballot process is completed, we’ll only certify the election after the recounts are completed,” Kando explained.

There a few recount requests that have been filed in the state, according to Kando, who also said this year’s primaries had a higher turnout compared to 2012.

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