Registration Deadline: You must register at least 30 days before a primary or election in which you wish to vote.
If you miss the deadline, Rhode Island allows for same day voter registration for the Presidential Election, but you will only be able to vote for President and Vice President. You can only register and vote on Election Day at the location designated by your local board of canvassers.
Party Affiliation: If you are affiliated with a specific political party, you may only vote in that party’s primary. Unaffiliated voters can vote in any party primary but, by casting a vote in a party primary, you automatically become affiliated with that party.
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: At least 16 years of age, but you must be at least 18 years of age to vote.
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
Residency: Must be a resident of the Rhode Island city or town where you wish to vote
Mental Competency: Must not be legally judged mentally incompetent by a court of law
Felony Convictions: Must not be incarcerated in a correctional facility upon a felony conviction. Once out of prison, you can restore your right to vote by either notifying your local board of canvassers in writing or by submitting a new voter registration form.
ID Requirements to register to vote: First time voters can register online with:
-Your Rhode Island DMV issued driver's license or State ID number
-Your name as it appears on your Rhode Island driver's license or State ID card
-Your date of birth
Alternatively, you may complete the form without your driver's license or State ID number for paper submission, but you must provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number. If you do not provide the above information or it cannot be verified, you will be required to provide identification to an election official before voting.
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
Online: Online Voter Registration
In person: Download the voter registration form and bring the completed form to your local board of canvassers.
By mail/in writing: Download the voter registration form and mail the completed form to your local board of canvassers.
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
Online: Online voter registration verification
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee: No excuse is needed for mail ballot voting.
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Call your local board of canvassers to request a mail ballot application. Then submit your mail ballot application to your local board of canvassers.
Military and overseas voting: Rhode Island military/overseas voters use a special process to receive and return their mail ballot. The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) provides step-by-step guidance on how a military/overseas voter can apply for and receive their mail ballot.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Location and time: The Board of Elections must receive your mail ballot by 8 p.m. on Election Day at: 50 Branch Avenue, Providence, RI 02904
Deciding how to vote: https://votesmart.org/
Polling Place: https://sos.ri.gov/vic/
ID Requirements: Rhode Island state law requires all voters to present valid photo identification prior to voting at the polls in all elections. IDs must be valid and cannot have expired, but they do not need to have your current address. Voters will need to present one of the following forms of photo ID:
-RI driver's license or state-issued identification card;
-RI Voter ID Card
-Identification issued by a United States educational institution;
-U.S. Military identification card;
-Identification issued by the U.S. or State of Rhode Island;
-Government-issued medical card;
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Problems with voting: You may file a complaint with the state board of elections of Rhode Island.
Verifying provisional ballot status: Rhode Island Provisional Ballot Inquiry
Verifying absentee ballot status: Rhode Island Voter Information Center