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Block Island polling place runs out of Democratic ballots

A ferry carrying presidential primary ballots has arrived to Rhode Island's Block Island after a heavy turnout caused the remote community to run out of Democratic ballots. (WJAR)

A ferry carrying presidential primary ballots has arrived to Rhode Island's Block Island after a heavy turnout caused the remote community to run out of Democratic ballots.

Town Clerk Molly Fitzpatrick said the island was down to just seven Democratic ballots by the time the boat arrived shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Fitzpatrick credited the ferry captain and poll workers in the mainland town of Narragansett for saving the island's election.

Narragansett Town Clerk Anne Irons said she drove 100 extra Democratic ballots from a polling place to the Port of Galilee, where a captain was holding the day's last ferry for them.

Fitzpatrick said turnout in the Democratic contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders was unexpectedly high.

Polls close at 8 p.m.

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