October 25, 2020

Rehoboth Faces Ballot Shortage


The town currently does not have enough election ballots to meet the need, according to Town Clerk Laura Schwall.

The general election is on November 3. All polling will be held at Palmer River Elementary School. Early voting begins October 17 at Town Hall.

Schwall told the Board of Selectmen that only a partial order of the ballots arrived Monday from the state.

3, 571 ballots need to be mailed to voters.

Schwall said her office had been “inundated” with phone calls asking about the ballots.

“The clerk’s office is doing the best they can to get out the ballots as we receive them,” Schwall explained.

Selectman Gerry Schwall criticized Secretary of State William Galvin for the error.

“They sent the ballots separately, they sent the instructions separately, they sent the envelopes separately,” Schwall said. “They know what they’re doing, they (have) to get them out. Everyone is going to get a ballot.”

Laura Schwall said Galvin had promised the town would get all of their ballots this week.

“We will hold him to that,” she added. “But we can only go as fast as we can.”


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