The Jamestown Democratic Town Committee firmly believes all residents who are eligible to vote should do so. The first step is to register to vote at the RI Board of Elections website. Or, you can register by visiting the town’s Board of Canvasser’s clerk at Jamestown Town Hall (93 Narragansett Avenue, (401) 423-7200, hours 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.)
There are several ways you can vote: by mail ballot, by emergency ballot and by voting at the polls on election day. You can download a mail ballot application from the secretary of state website.
Jamestown has two voting districts. District one votes at the Rec Center (41 Conanicus Avenue in East Ferry). District two votes at the Lawn Avenue School. Use the Voting District Map or check the District Street List to confirm you polling place. The polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm. While there are two voting districts, the ballot is the same for each district.
The State of Rhode Island has a voter id law. When you vote at the polls, you will be asked to show picture identification. Accepted photo identification are:
- RI driver’s license
- U.S. passport
- ID card issued by an educational institution in the United States
- U.S. military identification card
- ID card issued by the U.S. government or State of Rhode Island such as a RIPTA bus pass
- Government issued medical card
- RI Voter ID.
You can still vote if you arrive at the polls without an accepted photo id. You’ll be using a provisional ballot, just ask the poll worker for one. Here’s the process for voting a provisional ballot:
You will have to fill out a short “Provisional Ballot Application”, signing your name twice. You are then given a ballot and an envelope. Go to a booth, fill in your ballot, then seal the ballot in an envelope with the ballot application attached to the outside, and give it to the polling supervisor. He/she will give you a tracking number and then file your ballot into a secure pouch.
The next day the Jamestown Board of Canvassers compares the signature on your ballot application with your signature on your voter registration card on file in the Town Clerk’s office. If they match, your ballot is sent to the Board of Elections in Providence to be counted. You can visit the RI Board of Elections website to learn if your ballot was accepted (use the tracking number given to you at the polling place).