What Do I Need to Know About the Primary?

From poll times to who's running, we've got your guide to the primary in Johnston today.


Here's what you need to know if you're going out to vote in today's primary in Johnston:

Poll Times: Local polls open at 7 am and close at 8 pm. Watch JohnstonPatch for updates after polls close tonight.

Schools: are closed today.

Voter ID: Rhode Island's new Voter ID law is in effect for today's vote. Be sure to bring photo ID to your polling place. Find more information on the Secretary of State's Voter ID web page.


U.S. Congress, 2nd District: Incumbent Rep. James Langevin faces primary challenger John Matson on the Democratic ticket, while four Republicans are listed on the GOP ballot today. The two winners will face off in November.

RI Senate, Dist. 25: State Sen. Frank Lombardo III and first-time candidate Nicole Acciardo square off in the Democratic primary that will decide the race.

RI House, Dist. 44: Democratic Rep. Peter Petrarca and challenger Gregory Costantino compete for the right to advance to the November election against Republican James Archer for the district, which also includes Lincoln and Smithfield.

Johnston Town Council, Ward 1: First-term Councilwoman Eileen Fuoco leads the Democratic ballot, ahead of Edward Cardillo and Paul Crowell III. Today's vote will decide the race.

Johnston Committees: Voters will also get to choose from among 12 candidates for Democratic Town Committee, and five of six listed for the Democratic Senate District Committee [including Joseph Polisena Jr., son of Mayor Joseph Polisena].

Locations: See the chart below to find your polling place; visit the RI Secretary of State's Voter Information website to see which voting district is yours, and to view sample ballots.


Location RI House District  RI Senate District Council Ward 13 25 2 42 25 1 Pell Manor * 42 25 1 † 42 25 2 Local 57 42 25 5 43 22 & 25 4 Calef School 43 25 2 & 3 Aime J. Forand 43 25 3 Graniteville School 43 25 4 43 25 5 44 25 5


* Pell Manor is the new polling place for those who previously voted at the American Postal Workers union hall on Plainfield Street.

† Ferri Middle school is the new polling place for those who previously voted at Johnston Fire Station #1.


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