R.I. special election questions total $400-million on public projects

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Rhode Island’s Special Election is less than a week away and for the first time in decades, there are no candidates on the ballot.

Instead, the March 2nd election is focused on money. There are seven questions total asking voters to weigh-in on several referendums covering a wide range of public projects.

Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea says it’s a big deal for our economy.

“Every election is a big deal and this one in particular is really big for our economy and for what we’re going to be able to do for investments and infrastructure,” Sec. of State Gorbea said.

While state referendum questions are typically put on the November ballot, they were pushed back due to the economic uncertainty of the pandemic.

“We needed to delay figuring out how much can we borrow and what would be reasonable,” Sec. of State Gorbea said.

The seven questions total nearly half a billion dollars. They range from education, housing, childcare, the environment, roads and bridges, parks, beaches and more.

March 2nd, Special Election

“These 7 questions represent $400-million of investment into the state economy and into our infrastructure,” Sec. of State Gorbea said. “It’s really important that you have your voice heard and that you cast your ballot whether it’s from home, early in-person or on election day.”

So far, 90,000 voters applied for a mail ballot and 5,000 people voted early in-person. The recommended deadline to mail-in your ballot has passed, so voters need to drop it off at one of the 41 drop boxes across the state. If you have a mail ballot, you have until 8pm on Election Day to drop it off.

For Election Day, there are 57 polling locations across the state. Secretary of State Gorbea says no matter which option you pick, the changes are here to stay.

“I believe that the changes we’ve made to our election system are ones that voters want and need,” Sec. of State Gorbea said. “I hear it at the grocery store: if someone voted from home, they love the fact they were able to vote from home, if someone voted early in-person, they loved that as well, and then there’s people who really want to vote on Election Day and they can do that as well. This is here to stay.”

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