Board of Canvassers

Patty Aylesworth, Director of Elections
Warwick City Hall
3275 Post Road
Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 738-2000 x6224

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The Board of Canvassers is located on the first floor of City Hall.
The office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday.

The primary goal of the Board of Canvassers is to operate in accordance with title 17 of the Rhode Island General Laws and the Charter of the City of Warwick.

The mission of the Board of Canvassers is to maintain the highest standards of professionalism in the electoral process and for the voters of the City of Warwick.

The Board of Canvassers works in conjunction with the Rhode Island State Board of Elections and the Secretary of State’s office, to provide the highest level of integrity in all elections.


1. Continue with requried upgrades and conversions.
2. Address election requirements for future Primaries and Elections, including but not limited to:

  • Delcaration nominations
  • Verification, gathering, and compilation of reporting information.
  • Legal ads.
  • Preparation of mail ballot applications and mail batllots
  • Scheduling and training of poll wokers for all districts
  • Preparing street listings, voter lists and labels for all districts
  • Purchasing and organizing supplies for all districts
  • Preparing lists for candidates

3. Voter list maintenance - (All activities included in voter list maintenance require the handling of over 60,000 voter registration cards for each project.)

  • Continued voter list upgrades
  • Statewide duplicate list changes
  • National Change of Address Program

Committee, Boards, Commissions:
The Board of Canvassers is governed by a board of three and is responsible for the conduct of all election activities as outlined above.

  • Chairman - Edward Murphy
  • Vice Chair - Susan Abramson
  • Secretary - Lauren Slocum

Warwick City Charter Legislation:
8-16. Board of canvassers.

The canvassing authority of the city shall be a board of canvassers and registration. The city council shall elect a bipartisan canvassing authority of three qualified electors of the city not more than two of whom shall belong to the same political party. The mayor shall nominate the members of said canvassing authority from lists submitted by the respective chairmen of the city political committee which list shall contain the names of five times the number of persons to be elected. If the city council shall refuse to approve the nomination of any person to said canvassing authority, the mayor shall submit to the city council another person named on one of said lists and so on until a person shall be appointed; provided, however, if the chairman of the city committee of a political party entitled to an appointment shall fail or refuse to submit a list as aforesaid, the mayor shall nominate any person known by him to be a member of the political party entitled to said appointment. The members first appointed shall serve for terms of one, two, and three years respectively, and until their successors are qualified and thereafter one member shall be appointed each year for a term of three years.

Additional Resources

1 Rhode Island Voter Information Center
2 Rhode Island State Senate District Maps
3 Rhode Island State Representative District Maps
4 Ward and District Maps of Warwick, Rhode Island
5 Find Your Elected Officials