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Warwick Reports Big Turnout for 2016 Presidential Primary

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] An I voted sticker from the 2016 Presidential Primary. The deadline to request a mail-in ballot for the Sept. 8 state primary is Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020.

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Voter turnout was high, possibly rivaling that of the 2008 primary, officials report.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Voter turnout was high, possibly rivaling that of the 2008 primary, officials report.
Warwick, RI — Voter turnout in Warwick for the 2016 Presidential Preference Primary by 5 p.m. was on track to rival the 2008 primary, when 33.5 percent of city voters helped decide Commander in Chief contenders Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain.

With 9,870 votes cast by 5 p.m., “I do believe we’ll hit that. Maybe over it,” said Warwick Board of Canvasser coordinator Dottie McCarthy.

McCarthy and Director of Elections Patty Aylesworth said that although turnout was on track for the record books, voting was running smoothly.

“No issues at all,” said Aylesworth.

“Things are moving along,” said McCarthy.

The last time this many people turned out to vote during a primary in Warwick, Aylesworth said, was during 2008’s contests between then-senators Barack Obama of Illinois,  and Hillary Clinton of New York with the Democrats, and Arizona Senator John McCain, Arkasas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for the Republicans.

Aylesworth said voters were only experiencing occasional 5-10 minute waits in line.


Voter counts as of 4:30 p.m. at the Warwick’s nine polling places:



1 ASPRAY BOATHOUSE                             1,480 2 EAST VIEW ST
2 PILGRIM SENIOR CENTER                      859 27 PILGRIM PARKWAY
3 NATL. GUARD ARMORY                           874 541 AIRPORT RD
4 WILLIAM SHIELDS POST                         1,220 622 WEST SHORE ROAD
6 BUTTONWOODS COM. CTR.                     989 3027 WEST SHORE ROAD
7 BUTTONWOODS COM. CTR.                     1,011 3027 WEST SHORE ROAD
8 SHALOM APTS                                           1,086 1 SHALOM DR.
9 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH                           1,351 550 COWESETT ROAD
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