Primary day in Rhode Island is Tuesday

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island voters will go to the polls Tuesday to select candidates for Congress and General Assembly and for mayor in North Providence and Woonsocket.

Voters will notice a few minor changes at the polls this year. New voting machines mean voters will fill in an oval rather than connect an arrow on their paper ballots.

Some polling places will also use new electronic poll books to check in voters. The new wireless tablet-based system is designed to make it easier for poll workers to find voters’ names and eliminate waits that can happen when workers have to pore through printed binders arranged alphabetically.

The group Common Cause says it is watching closely because of new voting equipment that transmits results wirelessly, due to concerns that results remain secure.

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