Ferry helps save Block Island election

By News Staff


The Associated Press

A ferry carrying presidential primary ballots has arrived to Rhode Island’s Block Island after a heavy turnout caused the remote community to run out of Democratic ballots.

Town Clerk Molly Fitzpatrick says the island was down to just seven Democratic ballots by the time the boat arrived shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Fitzpatrick credits the ferry captain and poll workers in the mainland town of Narragansett for saving the island’s election.

Narragansett Town Clerk Anne Irons says she drove 100 extra Democratic ballots from a polling place to the Port of Galilee, where a captain was holding the day’s last ferry for them.

Fitzpatrick says turnout in the Democratic contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders was unexpectedly high.  

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