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RI has record number planning to vote by mail

A record number of Rhode Island residents have applied to vote by mail in the presidential election.

Nearly 30,000 people have applied to vote by mail, up from roughly 23,000 in 2012.

Mail-in ballots are counted with other ballots on the night of the election.

Rhode Island's registered voters can qualify for a mail-in ballot if they're unable to cast a ballot at their polling place on Nov. 8 because of travel, illness or other reasons. Unlike other states, Rhode Island doesn't have early voting.

The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot has passed, but local boards of canvassers in each town and city will accept emergency applications until 4 p.m. Nov. 7, which is the day before the election.

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