Voters forced to wait after ballot mishap

By Dan Eident

deident@abc6.com

Voters hoping to cast their ballots early in South Kingstown and West Warwick were forced to wait after a mix-up sent ballots to the wrong locations.

West Warwick received ballots intended for Woonsocket though they were able to rectify the issue quickly. They are now allowing voters to cast their ballots. Woonsocket officials did not report any disruptions.

South Kingstown voters looking to vote at the West Kingston School were turned away until 8:20 this morning because the location received ballots bound for North Kingstown.

Voters there were given the option to go to the Boss Arena at URI or to the Village at Warden's Pond Club House, to cast provisional ballots. Those two locations are in the same senatorial and representative district.

In both instances where ballots were sent to the wrong locations, the precinct numbers on the ballots were very close. The location in South Kingstown is number 3207 and in North Kingstown the number is 2307. In West Warwick the number is 3905 and Woonsocket is 3805.

Also, The Robert F Kennedy School in Providence ran out of ballots. Officials think only one hundred were delivered, instead of the one thousand the precinct needed. After initially turning people away, they do have enough ballots to continue voting now.