Rhode Island voter advocates call for changes after primary

By The Associated Press


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Rhode Island voter advocates are calling for changes after some voters waited in long lines or showed up at the wrong polling place for Tuesday’s presidential primary.

John Marion of Common Cause Rhode Island says the state should limit how many voters are assigned to each polling place. He says the consolidation of sites caused some to be overwhelmed.

The Board of Elections says 186,507 people, or about a quarter of registered voters, cast ballots.

Bernie Sanders won the Democratic race, his only victory in the five states that held primaries Tuesday. Donald Trump won the GOP primary in a landslide.

Turnout was so high that Block Island would have run out of Democratic ballots had a ferry captain not held the day’s last boat for an extra shipment.

(C)The Associated Press 2016