Voting info – what happens if there are no primary contests?


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Dear Friends,

You might soon receive this beautiful mailer.  I've learned more since we went to press. This year, for the first time I remember, for some of us on Providence's East Side, there is no primary election in September - if Senator Goldin is your Senator there is no primary election for you. We already had our Presidential Primary. And the other four offices up for election this year have no Democratic primary challenger. Sen. Reed, Rep. Cicilline, Sen. Goldin (RI Sen. District 3) and I all qualify for the November ballot without a primary election.  This means only some of us in House District 4 will have a primary election to vote in on September 8 - those who live in RI Senate District 6. You can check your voting districts at Vote.RI.Gov.

I learned about this quirk of our elections when a constituent let me know that her mail ballot application for the September primary was rejected, but her general election application was accepted.

If you are in Senate District 6, please plan to vote by September 8 in one of the following ways:  

You can vote (1) by mail; (2) in person at City Hall in the weeks leading up to the election during the emergency voting period; or (3) in person at your polling location on election day.

If you want to vote by mail, please apply for your mail ballots right away. You can go to and print out two mail ballot applications - one for the primary election and one for the general election. You can mail them or drop them off at the Board of Canvassers in City Hall. You can track your application and mail ballot at

We will all have these voting options for the November 3 election, and lots to vote for! You can order your mail ballot now, if that's how you want to vote. And if you don't have a primary election for September and ordered mail ballots for both the primary and general election, that's fine. You just won't get one for the primary. You can track applications at

As always, please follow me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, or write to me at You can also call or text me at 401-400-2338. I look forward to hearing from you!

Upcoming Events

As we change the way we do things because of COVID, I'm looking for new ways to connect with constituents. Please let me know if you would like to schedule a "living room meeting" through zoom with your friends and neighbors. 

Lunch break with Rep. Kislak, by zoom, August 12 at noon. Register here


Community Resources for COVID-19 

General Information

Information about reopening

Here is the chart describing how we are navigating through these COVID-19 times as a state. We are currently in Phase III. The Governor continues to have press conferences regarding COVID on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. is the website with up to date information about reopening plans, and includes a link to provide feedback to the Governor and her team about what's working well and what could work better. Please remember to wear your mask when you're out and about, maintain social distancing and record your contacts.

Neighborhood mutual assistance
To volunteer through the Summit Neighborhood Association, or to connect to our great network of neighborhood volunteers, please fill out this form (or, if you know someone who could use a little extra help who doesn't have access to a computer, please ask them if you can fill it out for them).

Providence has a website with current COVID-19 information here: You can also call the city hotline at 3-1-1 with questions for the city services folks.

RI Department of Health
The RI Department of Health has current information, guidance, links to announcements about openings and closings and more here: 
The COVID-19 hotline is 401-222-8022 for any COVID-related questions. 

Schools have ended and are planning for next year. More information is available from the RI Department of Education at 401-222-4600 or and the Providence Public Schools online learning hotline: 401-456-0686 

Meals and Food Assistance
Breakfast and lunch are available at select schools in Providence. Meals for the week are distributed on Tuesdays and Fridays. More information is here

All children enrolled in Providence public schools should have received funds through the P-EBT program to support families providing additional meals to their children who otherwise would have been eligible for meals in school (which is all PPSD students). For families who already receive SNAP, it will be added to their EBT card; everyone else should have received a new P-EBT card in the mail with instructions on how to activate the card. This is available to all of us, even if we are not otherwise eligible for SNAP. It is not a public charge issue for immigrants. Please use the card to buy your groceries. If you are fortunate enough that you don't need it, please consider donating money directly to an organization that provides food to our communities.
Rhode Island Food Bank
AMOR mutual assistance for immigrants COVID-19 Response

Here is a list of food assistance providers. 

TDI and Unemployment

RI Department of Labor & Training at 401-462-2020

Small Business Hotline
(401) 521-HELP

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