Woonsocket Awarded CEIR Grant from State to Help Defray Costs for State

Special Election on March 2nd

WOONSOCKET, R.I.: Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt announced today that the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s Office has directed $5,885 in grant funding received from the non- profit Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR) to Woonsocket to assist the City in covering costs associated with the State Special Election on March 2, 2021.

This special election will present seven referendum questions for voters to decide how Rhode Island allocates funding for important issues like education, housing, childcare, transportation, environmental projects, cultural arts, and commerce infrastructure. Woonsocket had previously received a $31,395 grant from the Center for Tech and Civic Life, a non-profit organization dedicated to modernizing and improving the election process. Funds for this grant were employed by Woonsocket during the recent November General Election to facilitate early in-person voting as well as to make City polling places safer and more efficient on Election Day.

Mayor Baldelli-Hunt stated, “We are very fortunate to have received substantial grant money to promote voter engagement in Woonsocket and to help our City meet the costs of ensuring inclusive, safe and secure elections.” The Mayor then urged residents to vote in the March 2nd special election, “This election will present referendum questions that will have a big impact on the State’s budget, as well as on the direction of state and local initiatives. It is important that Woonsocket voters weigh-in on how they feel about each one of them.” The Mayor added, “We all need to get out and vote on March 2nd and this state directed CEIR grant will make voting easier and safer for our residents during a time when we are all still affected by COVID-19.”

The timeline for special election voting includes:

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January 31, 2021 February 09, 2021 February 10, 2021

-- Voter registration deadline
-- Mail absentee ballot application deadline -- Start of early in-person voting

City Hall ⬧ P.O. Box B ⬧ Woonsocket, RI 02895
Telephone (401) 767-9205⬧ Fax (401) 765-4569⬧ E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

March 01, 2021 -- Early in-person voting ends -- deadline for emergency mail ballots March 02, 2021 -- Election Day polls open

Please contact Michael Narducci, the Manager of the Woonsocket Board of Canvassers at 401-767-9221 if you have questions regarding the special election or access their website at www.woonsocketri.com/board-canvassers.

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