Your Voice Your Vote: Rhode Island Primary Day

 By News Staff

The Associated Press

The votes of hundreds of thousands of unaffiliated Rhode Islanders are up for grabs in the state’s presidential primary.

Of five states holding primaries Tuesday, it’s the only one where independent voters can select either the Democratic or Republican ballot. Half of Rhode Island’s registered voters are unaffiliated.

Twenty-four of the state’s 33 Democratic delegates and 16 of the state’s 19 Republican delegates will be chosen.

Most polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The state has one-third fewer polls open than it does during a general election.

Pawtucket Registrar Ken McGill says he expects his city’s turnout to be nearly as high as the 35 percent who participated in the 2008 primary.

Elections officials in Providence, Warwick and Pawtucket were reporting no major issues as of mid-day.

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