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RI: Flawed Ballot, Suspicious Powder

By Spencer Hsu
State officials predicted near-record turnout, although a polling place in East Providence was closed after a suspicious white powder was found.

Grove Avenue Elementary School was closed after a poll worker found a white powder on the floor, touched it and developed a rash around 11:30 a.m., the Providence Journal reported.

The worker was taken to a hospital, nine others were quarantined and a hazardous materials team is on the scene. Officials hope to reopen the polling site later.

In Smithfield, replacement ballots were delivered to 10 polling sites after election officials realized that the initial version included the name of a town council candidate who had dropped out of the race.

Flawed ballots will be manually counted, but not before tomorrow, officials said

Posted at 3:34 PM ET on Nov 4, 2008  | Category:  50 States
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