Lines at some polling locations, smooth sailing at others

(WPRI) — Election Day has finally arrived and thousands of Rhode Islanders headed to the polls early Tuesday with some reports of long wait times.

Governor Gina Raimondo was seen waiting in line to vote at Nathan Bishop School in Providence.

There were also reports of voting machine issues at various polling locations.

At the Buttonwoods Senior Center in Warwick, a moderator says a voter incorrectly used a machine causing a paper jam.

“This morning, one woman walks in and she did put it in the wrong spot. I got over there as fast as I could and she jammed the machine,” said poll worker Georgia Lucier.

However, a member of the Eyewitness News staff voted at that location shortly before noon and reported no problems.

Busy polling location, 10 a.m. at St. Barnabas Parish Hall in Portsmouth, RI. (Photo: Lee Dooley / WPRI 12)

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A canvassing official later explained there was an issue of paper ‘slipping’ in one of the machines, but that was resolved before 9:15 a.m.

Another report of problems with a voting machine at Kickemuit Middle School in Warren. A technician was called in to resolve that issue.

At 11:05 a.m. there was a report of an almost hour long wait at Temple Beth-el in Providence.


Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea tells Eyewitness News that voters can be assured that their votes are being counting accurately.

Throughout the day, the Justice Department will have workers from its Civil Rights Division available by phone and email to receive any complaints related to any reported violations of federal voting rights laws.

Eyewitness News will be tracking local polling locations throughout the day and will post updates of any issues or problems. If you encounter any issues at the polls, you can send your reports, photos and videos to or use the ReportIt function on the Eyewitness News App.





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