- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Board of Elections is planning to open only 144 of the state’s 419 polling places for the upcoming April 26 presidential primary.

WPRI-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1YH7aWu ) the move will cut the number of polling places by two-thirds compared with a typical November election, which will reduce the cost of administering the vote.

The executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island recommends that voters confirm their polling places online and review a sample ballot in advance.

The board’s director of elections says the agency has instructed cities and towns to hire more poll workers so lines can move faster and plans to send out 1,564 voting booths.

The changes come amid the unpaid suspension of the board’s executive director, Robert Kando, who’s set to return to work May 2.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, https://www.wpri.com

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