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Secretary of State posts election schedules for Senate District 3 and Central Falls

Elections for District 3 State Senator in Providence and Central Falls City Council Ward 3 have been scheduled.
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Published on August 19, 2021
By Uprise RI

Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea provided the following schedule for an upcoming special election in Rhode Island Senate District 3 to fill former Senator Gayle Goldin’s vacant seat. Senator Goldin resigned Tuesday to accept a position in the Biden-Harris administration. Senate District 3 represents Providence’s East Side and Fox Point.

“Senator Goldin was a steadfast advocate for caregivers, women’s rights, reproductive health, and much more. I was also honored to work with her on modernizing Rhode Island’s election laws,” said Secretary Gorbea. “She showed the impact a state Senate seat can have on a local and statewide level. I encourage all eligible voters in District 3 to take part in choosing her successor.”

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SPECIAL ELECTION CALENDAR

  • August 26-27, 2021: Deadline for candidates to file declarations of candidacy with the Providence Board of Canvassers
  • September 5, 2021: Last day to register to vote in the primary
  • September 14, 2021: Last day to submit a mail ballot application for the primary
  • September 15 – October 4, 2021: Early in-person voting period for the primary
  • October 5, 2021: PRIMARY (if necessary) – Polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • October 3, 2021: Last day to register to vote in the special election
  • October 12, 2021: Last day to submit a mail ballot application for the election
  • October 13 – November 1, 2021: Early in-person voting period for the election
  • November 2, 2021: ELECTION DAY – Polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.      

RTANT MAIL BALLOT NOTE: The executive order that waived the requirement for voters to obtain a notarization or two witness signatures on their mail ballot envelope has expired. This means that a notarization or two witness signatures are again required to vote by mail.

Secure drop boxes will be available for voters to drop off completed mail ballots at Providence City Hall, the Board of Elections’ headquarters (2000 Plainfield Pike, Cranston), and the Secretary of State’s Election Division (148 West River St, Providence) through 8:00 p.m. on November 2.


Secretary Gorbea also provided the following schedule for two upcoming special elections in Central Falls. The first is a special election to fill a seat on the City Council in Ward 3. The second is a special bond referendum election that would authorize up to $5,760,000 in borrowing for construction, renovation, and improvement of schools and facilities in the city.

“Few decisions in our communities are more important than those made in special elections,” said Secretary Gorbea. “City councilors set policies that affect our daily lives, and improvements to schools and municipal buildings are felt by the entire community. I encourage all eligible voters in Central Falls to cast their ballots in these two special elections.”

Central Falls City Council Ward 3 Special Election Calendar

  • August 26-27, 2021: Deadline for candidates to file declarations of candidacy with the Central Falls Board of Canvassers
  • September 5, 2021: Last day to register to vote in the primary
  • September 14, 2021: Last day to submit a mail ballot application for the primary
  • September 15 – October 4, 2021: Early in-person voting period for the primary
  • October 5, 2021: PRIMARY (if necessary) – Polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • October 3, 2021: Last day to register to vote in the special election
  • October 12, 2021: Last day to submit a mail ballot application for the election
  • October 13 – November 1, 2021: Early in-person voting period for the election
  • November 2, 2021: ELECTION DAY – Polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.      

Central Falls Special Bond Referendum Election Calendar

  • October 3, 2021: Last day to register to vote in the special election
  • October 12, 2021: Last day to submit a mail ballot application for the election
  • October 13 – November 1, 2021: Early in-person voting period for the election
  • November 2, 2021: ELECTION DAY – Polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.      

IMPORTANT MAIL BALLOT NOTE: The executive order that waived the requirement for voters to obtain a notarization or two witness signatures on their mail ballot envelope has expired. This means that a notarization or two witness signatures are again required to vote by mail.

Secure drop boxes will be available for voters to drop off completed mail ballots at the Central Falls Police Department (160 Illinois Street), the Board of Elections’ headquarters (2000 Plainfield Pike, Cranston), and the Department of State’s Election Division (148 West River Street, Providence) through 8:00 p.m. on November 2.

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