Portsmouth polling place moved because of electrical problem

Southern New England heads to the polls on election day. (WJAR)

The state Board of Elections said a polling place was evacuated Tuesday night in Portsmouth because of an electrical problem, not a gas leak as it first reported.

The state said the Portsmouth Fire Department cleared the polling place at Portsmouth High School.

"Polling Place at Portsmouth High School has been moved to the other gym in different building. Board has voted to extend the voting hours by the amount of time needed to move the polling place," the Board of Elections said.

Earlier at the Juanita Sanchez Education Complex polling place in Providence, NBC 10 heard about several glitches in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The majority of polls across Southern New England opened at the same time the morning of Election Day.

"Seven o'clock. With a line already out the door," said Fall River election worker Loretta Mello.

Early birds hoping to avoid the crowds no doubt.

"The last election it was more difficult to vote. There was so many people and it was chaos so this year I'm coming earlier," said Providence voter Ramon Peralta.

Also earlier is better for those trying to dodge the wet weather.

"I figured it's going to rain and I wanted to get here early to get it done," said Pat Fazio, a Fall River voter.

Not long after the opening of polls at Fall River's city government center, we saw what election workers described as a ballot collector paper jam. Workers at the Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex polling place in Providence told us they had to deal with a similar issue.

"Right out of the gate, but we cleared it right up. Everyone’s vote counts, people are adamant about voting and we're making sure they go through," said Providence Election Warden Shante Brown.

Massachusetts and Rhode Island polls all close at 8 o'clock tonight.

"Don't stay home, vote," said Peralta.

And for the younger voters: "Come in and vote. Especially you young guys," said Mello.


According to Rhode Island's Board of Elections, four years ago in a non-presidential election about 337,575 people voted in the governor's race, and as of 6 p.m. Tuesday the board reports 311,650 voters have cast ballots. It is still unclear if any mid-term election records will be set.

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