On a 2-0 margin, the Providence Board of Canvassers voted Tuesday to hold another hearing to examine whether state Rep. John Carnevale resides at his listed address in Providence.
The Canvassers Board, which has an open seat, was responding to a complaint filed by state Republican Chairman Brandon Bell. That came after a WPRI-TV report questioned whether Carnevale actually lives within his district.
During a City Hall hearing that lasted less than 10 minutes, the Canvassers ruled there was reasonable cause to question whether Carnevale resides at his voting address on Barbara Street in Providence. Carnevale did not attend the hearing (nor was he required to do so).
The four-term Democratic lawmaker, who serves as vice chair of the House Finance Committee. Carnevale represents parts of Providence and Johnston. He maintains he lives at his house on Barbara Street, not at a Johnston property outside his district.
Speaking after the board's meeting, Bell applauded the decision. Although Board Chairwoman Claudia Haugen said the next meeting is expected to be held in mid-July, Bell said he didn't have serious concerns about that, acknowledging that finding a Republican challenger in Carnevale's district is difficult.
“I think it should be heard as soon as possible, but they obviously have scheduling issues and they have to put the challenged party on notice," Bell said. "They have to go through that process."