The Rhode Island House will examine the reasons for long lines and ballot mix-ups seen in last fall’s election in the hopes of preventing similar problems the next time voters head to the polls. The House Oversight Committee agreed Thursday to focus on the election mishaps. It will be the first task the oversight panel has taken up in the two years since it last met. Large crowds of voters overwhelmed one Providence polling place in the November election, leading to hours-long lines and voter frustration.
In addition, incorrect ballots were delivered by the state Board of Elections to polling places in South Kingstown and West Warwick, causing delays as officials worked to get the proper ballots. Committee Chairman Michael Marcello, D-Scituate, said he wants the review to focus on the selection of polling places, poll worker training, the testing of voting machines and the process for distributing ballots.