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East Greenwich Election Guide 2012

The candidates, voting information and issues that will be affecting East Greenwich.


As we look ahead to November’s elections, East Greenwich Patch will bring you the information you need about every race in town. Bookmark this page for updates.

Voting Info

  • Polling locations: There are five polling stations this year: Swift Community Center, Cole Middle School, Hanaford Elementary, East Greenwich High School, and Frenchtown Elementary. To find your polling locations and precinct, click on the Voting Districts pdf, right. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 6.
  • Absentee Ballots: These must be received by Election Day (Nov. 6). 
  • Limited Voting: If you did not register in time, you are allowed to cast a ballot for president/vice president ONLY on Election Day. Click here for the details.
  • Sample Ballots: Attached, right.
  • What ID you need: Here's a rundown of the types of acceptable identification for voting.

Races

LOCAL:

  • Town Council – All five seats are up for election; incumbents Brad Bishop (R), Michael Isaacs (R), Mark Gee (R), Jeff Cianciolo (R), and Michael Kiernan (R) and challenger Jean Ann Guliano (M) are in the running.
  • School Committee – Three of the seven seats are up for election; incumbent Deidre Gifford (D), Carolyn Mark (D), Clark Smith (R), Eugene Quinn (D), and Domenic Marcone (I) are in the running.
  • Town Moderator – Republican James Patti, the only person in the race, is running for re-election.

STATE:

  • House District 30 – This is an open seat; Mark Schwager (D), Anthony Giarrusso (R), and Kevin McDonough (I) are in the running. To watch video of a debate between these three men, click here.
  • Senate District 35 – Sen. Dawson Hodgson (R) is running for re-election against Winters B. Hames III (D).
  • Senate District 33 – Sen. Glenford Shibley (R) is running for re-election against Lou Raptakis (D)

NATIONAL:

  • U.S. Congress, 2nd District – Rep. James Langevin (D) is running for re-election against Michael Riley (R) and Abel Collins (I).
  • U.S. Senate – Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D) is running for re-election against Barry Hinkley (R).
  • U.S. President – Pres. Barack Obama (D) is running for re-election against Mitt Romney (R) and Gary Johnson (L).

Ballot Issues

State Ballot Questions:

  • #1 – Shall an act be authorized which would authorize the facility known as "Twin River" in the Town of Lincoln to add state-operated casino gaming, such as table games, to the types of gambling that it offers.

  • #2 – Shall an act be approved which would authorize the facility known as “Newport Grand” in the city of Newport to add state-operated casino gaming, such as table games, to the types of gambling it offers?
  • #3 – Approval of this question will allow the State of Rhode Island to issue general obligation bonds, refunding bonds, and temporary notes in an amount not to exceed fifty million dollars ($50 million) for renovations and modernization of academic buildings at Rhode Island College including renovation, upgrade and expansion of health and nursing facilities on the campus of Rhode Island College.
  • #4 – Approval of this question will allow the State of Rhode Island to issue general obligation bonds, refunding bonds, and temporary notes in an amount not to exceed ninety-four million dollars ($94 million) for the construction of a new Veterans’ Home and renovations to existing facilities. Any funding amount from federal sources received for these purposes will be used to reduce the amount of borrowed funds

  • #5 – Approval of this question will authorize the State of Rhode Island to issue general obligation bonds, refunding bonds, and temporary notes in an amount not to exceed twelve million dollars ($12 million) to be leveraged with federal and state capitalization grants to finance wastewater infrastructure projects and eight million dollars ($8 million) to be leveraged with federal and state capitalization grants to finance drinking water infrastructure projects.
  • #6 – Approval of this question will allow the State of Rhode Island to issue general obligation bonds, refunding bonds, and temporary notes for environmental and recreational purposes. For details, click here.
  • #7 – Approval of this question will allow the State of Rhode Island to issue general obligation bonds, refunding bonds, and temporary notes in an amount not to exceed twenty-five million dollars ($25 million) for affordable housing.

Local Ballot Question:

  • "Are you in favor of merging the East Greenwich Fire District into the Town of East Greenwich, the result of which would be that the Town would maintain a municipal fire department and the separate Fire District would cease to exist?" [Here are stories about this issue: [VIDEO] Fire District Merger Forum and ]
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 07:56 AM
On the ballot for the Presidency, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green). Make a special note to remember to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson and Dr. Jill Stein to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1
Elizabeth McNamara November 05, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Thanks, Sharpie!
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 07:32 PM
MUST read: "Support for Kill List and NDAA make Obama and Romney Unfit for Office" http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/reawakening-liberty/2012/nov/2/support-kill-list-and-ndaa-make-obama-and-romney-u/ Make a special note to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party Presidential candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green) to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. It is a violation of the 1st Amendament rights of third party candidates, and a violation of the free speech rights of every American, for their voices to be silenced. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1
EG Mom November 06, 2012 at 12:48 AM
What are the hours the polls are open tomorrow?
Elizabeth McNamara November 06, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Whoops! From 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thanks for the question.

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