Dates for Pawtucket District 8 special election set

Dates for Pawtucket District 8 special election set

PAWTUCKET – Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea announced Wednesday that there will be a special election in Senate District 8 Pawtucket to fill the seat of former Senator James Doyle II on Tuesday, April 3.

"I appreciate Sen. Doyle’s service to the people of Rhode Island,” Secretary Gorbea said. "We are working closely with the Board of Elections and the Pawtucket Board of Canvassers to make sure that eligible voters in Senate District 8 can elect their new representative in state government in an election process that is fair, fast, and accurate.”

Doyle resigned from his seat on Tuesday.

State law authorizes the Secretary of State to order a special election to fill a vacancy. The declaration period for candidates interested in running for the Senate District 8 seat will take place Jan. 18-19. A special primary election will take place Feb. 27 if more than one candidate from either party qualifies for the ballot.

Special Election Calendar:

• Jan. 18-19: Deadline for candidates to file declarations of candidacy with the Pawtucket Board of Canvassers

• Jan. 22: Deadline for endorsements to be filed by party district committees

• Jan. 28: Last day to register to vote for the primary

• Jan. 30: Deadline for candidates to submit nomination papers to the Pawtucket Board of Canvassers

• Feb. 6: Last day to submit a mail ballot application for the primary

• Feb. 7-26: Emergency ballot period for the primary

• Feb. 27: PRIMARY

• March 4: Last day to register to vote for the election

• March 13: Last day to submit a mail ballot application for the election

• March 14 - April 2: Emergency ballot period for the election

• April 3: ELECTION

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Matthew J. Fecteau will be a great state senator. I'm looking forward to helping him again in this campaign.