Portsmouth voters alerted to correction on ballot question

Information sheet that was mailed out contained error

Posted 10/18/21

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Canvassing Authority has issued a correction to an explanation of a ballot question that was mailed out to voters in September.

Voters will be asked two …

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Portsmouth voters alerted to correction on ballot question

Information sheet that was mailed out contained error

Posted

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Canvassing Authority has issued a correction to an explanation of a ballot question that was mailed out to voters in September.

Voters will be asked two referendum questions during a special election on Tuesday, Nov. 2. Question No. 2 concerns the development of a senior housing complex on Bristol Ferry Road.

In the explanation sheet mailed out in September, Question 2 was listed as follows in error: 

2. APPROVAL OF PROPERTY TRANSFER PURSUANT TO SECTION 912 OF THE PORTSMOUTH TOWN CHARTER 

(Resolution of the Town Council adopted August 10, 2021)

Shall a transfer of a property interest in the so-called Anne Hutchinson School property at 110 Bristol Ferry Road, for the purposes of developing elderly affordable housing and a new home for the Portsmouth Senior Center, be approved? 

The correct version, as it will appear on the ballot, is as follows:

2. APPROVAL OF PROPERTY TRANSFER PURSUANT TO SECTION 912 OF THE PORTSMOUTH TOWN CHARTER 

(Resolution of the Town Council adopted August 10, 2021)

Shall a transfer of a property interest in the so-called Anne Hutchinson School property at 110 Bristol Ferry Road, for the purposes of developing elderly affordable housing, a new Senior Center facility, and the possible redevelopment of the original Anne Hutchinson School building, be approved? 

Mail ballot alert

In September, all active Portsmouth voters received an information packet with a mail ballot application for the Nov. 2 Portsmouth special referendum. No ballot was enclosed. The examples of the questions showed explanations and background resources. 

If you marked and returned the explanation sheet without the signed application, you will not be mailed a ballot from the R.I. Department of State and you did not vote in the election.

Here are the options available to vote:

• Emergency in-person voting at Town Hall started Oct. 13 and runs through 4 p.m. on Nov. 1 during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Wednesday; 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday; and 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday). A photo ID is required.

• Vote at the polls from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 2. Four polls will be open: Precinct 2701 — Hope Brown Center at Farnham Farm, 113 Mount Pleasant Ave., Prudence Island; Precincts 2702, 2703 and 2704 — Portsmouth High School (old gymnasium, door No. 8), 120 Education Lane; Precincts 2705 and 2706 — Portsmouth Town Hall Council Chambers, 2200 East Main Road; and Precincts 2707 and 2708 — Portsmouth Middle School gymnasium, 125 Jepson Lane.

Contact the Canvassing office at portsmouth_canvassing@portsmouthri.com or 401/683-3157 with any questions.

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