Changes at polls, and how officials are keeping election valid in Rhode Island


LOSING STREAK. WHILE THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE IS THE BIG DRAW — VOTERS IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND WILL ALSO BE DECIDING ON A NUMBER OF LOCAL RACES AND BALLOT QUESTIONS. (MM) FOR RHODE ISLAND VOTERS, SOME THINGS AT THE POLLING PLACES TOMORROW MAY BE DIFFERENT THAN WHAT YOU ARE USED TO. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER STEPH MACHADO CONTINUES OUR CAMPAIGN 2016 TEAM COVERAGE LIVE FROM THE PROVIDENCE MOBILE NEWSROOM. (SM) THOUSANDS OF RHODE ISLANDERS HAVE ALREADY CAST THEIR BALLOTS THROUGH THE MAIL OR EMERGENCY BALLOTS BUT THE VAST MAJORITY HEAD TO THE POLLS TOMORROW, AND THERE ARE A NUMBER OF NEW THINGS YOU’LL SEE WHEN YOU GO TO VOTE. RHODE ISLAND’S NEW VOTING MACHINES WILL GET THEIR FIRST GENERAL ELECTION TEST THIS YEAR. THE MACHINES SEND RESULTS WIRELESSLY TO THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS AND SECRETARY OF STATE NELLIE GORBEA SAYS THERE ARE MULTIPLE BACKUPS. We still have a data stick that double encrypted on the machine, we have a paper receipt that gets printed out at the end of the evening with the tallies, and we have the paper ballots we’ve got a whole bunch of work stations where people are receiving information BOARD OF ELECTIONS MEMBER STEVE ERICKSON GAVE ME A TOUR OF THE BOE WHERE THE NEW MACHINES WILL SEND THE ELECTION RESULTS. HE SAYS IF EVERYTHING GOES WELL WITH THE NEW MACHINES: we will have many of the results very quickly after the polls close at 8 o clock ALSO NEW THIS YEAR–TABLETS CALLED “E-POLL BOOKS” AT 57 POLLING PLACES… YOU JUST SCAN YOUR ID TO CHECK IN AND GET YOUR BALLOT. ON THAT BALLOT YOU’LL NOTICE THERES NO “STRAIGHT PARTY VOTING” OR MASTER LEVER FOR THE FIRST TIME. You have to vote for each race individually from federal all the way to local. IN MASSACHUSETTS THERE WAS EARLY VOTING FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR. THE SECRETARY OF STATE THERE SAYS 1 MILLION VOTERS TOOK ADVANTAGE. (SM) AND THOSE NEW TABLETS ARE EXPECTED TO REPLACE PAPER VOTER CHECKLISTS BY 2018… COMING UP NEW AT 6…FROM LONG LINES TO VOTER ID… WE’LL TELL YOU HOW TO AVOID A PROBLEM AT THE POLLS…..AND HOW THE STATE WORKS TO AVOID PROBLEMS LIKE FRAUD. REPORTING LIVE FROM THE PROVIDENCE MOBILE NEWSROOM STEPH MACHADO EYEWITNESS (HE) TODAY WE LEARNED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS WILL MONITORING POLLS AROUND THE COUNTRY INCLUDING IN MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND. AND NEW AT SIX – WE’RE LOOKING AT WHAT THE STATE IS DOING TO PROTECT YOUR VOTING RIGHTS… AND WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE VOTING TOMORROW. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER… STEPH MACHADO IS LIVE IN PROVIDENCE WITH MORE CAMPAIGN 2016 COVERAGE. TODAY WE LEARNED THE US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WILL BE MONITORING POLLING PLACES IN PROVIDENCE AND PAWTUCKET AMONG DOZENS OF OTHER PLACES AROUND THE COUNTRY TO ENSURE VOTERS’ RIGHTS ARE UPHELD…. WE TALKED TO LOCAL OFFICIALS TODAY ABOUT JUST THAT. SECRETARY OF STATE NELLIE GORBEA’S MESSAGE FOR ELIGIBLE RHODE ISLAND VOTERS IS THIS: Secretary Nellie Gorbea/D- Rhode Island: There is no reason for somebody to walk away from the polls not having voted YOU ARE REQUIRED TO SHOW A PHOTO I-D AT THE POLLS… BUT IF YOU DON’T HAVE ONE OR YOU FORGET IT…YOU CAN STILL FILL OUT WHAT’S CALLED A “PROVISIONAL BALLOT” THAT WILL BE CERTIFIED LATER. NEW WIRELESS VOTING MACHINES WILL BE TRANSMITTING RESULTS TO THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS….(nat) WE TOOK A TOUR WHILE THEY WERE CERTIFYING MAIL BALLOTS… THE STATE IS ALSO MINIMIZING VOTER FRAUD BY HAVING 3 DIFFERENT BACKUPS OF THE ELECTION RESULTS. Steve Erickson/Board of Elections: So you’ve got 3 sets of data to compare to make sure there isn’t anything untoward happening to any of the results. GORBEA PREDICTS LONG LINES IN THE EARLY MORNING AND THE EVENING GO GIVE YOURSELF EXTRA TIME…. BUT AS LONG A YOU’RE IN LINE AT 8 WHEN THE POLLS CLOSE, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO VOTE…GORBEA KNOWS FROM EXPERIENCE Gorbea: I showed up at 7:59. They were about to close and I showed up and the poll worker said come on in. And I was the last person to vote that night. AND THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT— IF YOU MISSED THE VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE LAST MONTH, YOU CAN STILL VOTE IN RHODE ISLAND. YOU HAVE TO GO TO YOUR TOWN OR CITY HALL….OR IN PROVIDENCE GO TO THE DUNKIN DONUTS CENTER….AND YOU CAN REGISTER DAY-OF AND VOTE ONLY FOR PRESIDENT/VICE PRESIDENT. LIVE IN PROVIDENCE SM EWN

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