Plenty of work on busy Smithfield ballot

Plenty of work on busy Smithfield ballot

SMITHFIELD - Next Tuesday, Nov. 4, nearly 16,000 registered voters in Smithfield will have the opportunity to vote for a slate of local and state officials and questions on two separate ballots.

Smithfield Town Clerk Carol Aquilante said that through a state lottery, the order of candidates listed will appear Democrat, Moderate, Republican, and that the local town committee chairmen chose the order of how their individual candidates appear on the ballot.

Voters can flip the first ballot over and vote for the seven state questions on the back.

The second ballot, on a separate sheet, contains 11 local questions, including two bond referenda and nine proposed amendments to Smithfield's town charter.

On the local level, voters have 11 candidates to choose from for five at-large seats on the Town Council.

Nine people are facing off for three at-large School Committee seats.

Republican Hasan Alsawaf is challenging incumbent Stephen Archambault for the state Senate District 22 seat, which covers all of Smithfield and parts of North Providence and Johnston.

Smithfield voters at Raymond C. LaPerche Elementary School, Old County Road School, and Anna McCabe Elementary School will choose between incumbent Democrat Gregory Costantino or Republican challenger Philip Hirons for the House of Representatives District 44 seat.

Voters at Gallagher Middle School, Smithfield High School, and Elks Lodge #2359 will vote for the House of Representatives District 53 seat, in which Democrat Thomas Winfield is running unopposed. Winfield, a lifelong Smithfield resident, is currently serving his 11th consecutive term and represents parts of Smithfield and Glocester.

On the state level, voters can choose between incumbent Democrat Jack Reed or Republican challenger Mark Zaccaria for U.S. Senate.

Incumbent Democrat David Cicilline faces Republican Cormick Brendan Lynch for Representative in Congress District 1. For governor, Democrat Gina Raimondo, a Smithfield native, Moderate Robert Healey, Jr., Republican Allan Fung, independent Kate Fletcher and independent Leon Kayarian face off.

Democrat and Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee, Moderate William Gilbert, Republican Catherine Terry Taylor, and Libertarian Tony Jones are competing for lieutenant governor.

Democrat Nellie Gorbea faces John Carlevale, Sr. for secretary of state.

Democrat incumbent Peter Kilmartin is challenged by Republican Dawson Tucker Hodgson for attorney general.

Democrat Seth Magaziner and independent Ernest Almonte, a Scituate resident, are running for general treasurer.

Voters also have the option to write in candidates.

State Questions

The first question seeks approval to authorize state-operated casino gaming at Newport Grand, while the second question would be an amendment to the state constitution that would put a restriction on gambling. The full text of the second question is located on the ballot under the question.

Question three asks, "Shall there be a convention to amend or revise the Constitution?"

Questions four, five, six, and seven pertain to bonds: $125 million higher education facilities bonds; $35 million for creative and cultural economy bonds; $35 million for mass transit hub infrastructure bonds; and $53 million clean water, open space, and healthy communities bonds.

Sample ballots and more information can be found on the Smithfield town website, www.smithfieldri.com (click on Voter Information).

For Smithfield residents, there are six voting locations open on Nov. 4.

The Smithfield Board of Canvassers will use the following polling locations:

Voting District 1 at Raymond C LaPerche Elementary School, 11 Limerock Road (House District #44)

Voting District 2 at Old County Road School, 200 Old County Road (House District #44)

Voting District 3 at Anna McCabe Elementary School, 100 Pleasant View Ave. (House District #44)

Voting District 4 at Gallagher Middle School, 10 Indian Run Trail (House District #53)

Voting District 5 at Smithfield Senior High School, 90 Pleasant View Ave. (House District #53)

Voting District 6 at Elks Lodge #2359, 326 Farnum Pike (House District #53)

According to Aquilante, there are about 4,600 Democrats; 1,700 Republicans; and 9,400 unaffiliated/independents registered in Smithfield.

Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

This is the last year for "master lever" balloting.

On the front of the first ballot, voters can either draw an arrow to cast a straight party vote for all Democrats, Moderates, or Republicans, or they can choose which candidate they want for each individual position.

The ballot reads that if a voter casts a straight party vote and also votes for an individual candidate or candidates for a certain office on the ballot, the straight party vote will not be counted for that office.

Aquilante said that the Secretary of State's office has projected a 60 percent voter turnout rate statewide.

To view House district, voting location district, the new district map, and sample ballots, visit www.smithfieldri.com and click on Voter Information.