Early voting, mail ballots on rise in R.I.

In Little Compton, early and mail ballots accounted for 207 of the 495 votes cast, or 42% of the turnout, in the special primaries for the 1st Congressional District race on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023. The official ballot box on the Town Common is shown in August. /RHODE ISLAND CURRENT / JANINE L. WEISMAN
Five years ago, 95% of Rhode Islanders who voted in statewide primaries cast their ballots in-person on a single, designated primary day. These days, not so much. Nearly a third of the voters who participated in the Sept. 5. special congressional primaries cast ballots by mail or early, in-person voting, rather on the day of…

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