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VOTER REGISTRATION


Registration Deadline: You must register at least 30 days before a primary or election in which you wish to vote. In Presidential elections, if you miss the deadline, you can still register and vote only for President/Vice-President at your Board of Canvassers on the day of the election.


Party Affiliation: In Rhode Island, unaffiliated voters can participate in any party primary they choose. However, Rhode Island does not allow voters who are registered with one party to vote in another party’s primary. Make your selection in Box 9 on the voter registration form, or select “unaffiliated”. If you leave Box 9 blank, you will be registered as unaffiliated.


 


VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS


Age: Must be at least 18 years old on or before Election Day


Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen


Residency: Must be a resident of Rhode Island


Mental Competency: Must not be presently judged “mentally incompetent” by a court of law


Felony Convictions: Must not be incarcerated in a correctional facility upon a felony conviction.


ID Requirements: if you are a first-time applicant for voter registration in Rhode Island and you submit your voter registration form by mail or someone else delivers it for you, you must provide either your valid driver's license number or valid RI ID number issued by the RI Division of Motor Vehicles. If you do not have a valid RI driver's license or RI ID number, you must provide the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you do not provide this information or your driver's license or social security number cannot be verified, you will be required to present one of the forms of identification listed below at the time of registration, prior to voting or at the time of voting. Non-photo identification must have the voter's name and address on it.


Forms of Identification to Register to Vote First-Time by Mail:


-RI driver's license or state-issued identification card;


-RI Voter ID Card


-U.S. Passport;


-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;


-Employee identification card


-identification card provided by a commercial establishment


-Credit or debit card


-Student identification card issued by a recognized United States educational institution


-Health club identification card


-Insurance plan identification card


-Public housing identification card


or a copy of any of the following documents, provided that the document includes the name and current address of the individual presenting it, and is dated since the date of the last general election, unless the document is intended to be of a permanent nature such as a pardon or discharge:


-Utility bill


-Bank statement


-Document issued by a government agency


-Lease or rental agreement


-Student identification card of tuition statement or bill issued by a recognized United States education institution


-Insurance plan card


 


OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM


Online: Online Voter Registration   


To register online, you will need:


- 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


In person: You can register to vote in person at many different places, including the Board of Elections office or your local Board of Canvassers


Many agencies which serve the public, such as the Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Human Services, Department of Mental Health etc. also offer registration forms to the clients they serve.


 


VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS


Online: Online voter registration verification


 


ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS


Who can vote absentee: Rhode Island has joined 30 other states and the District of Columbia that now allow no excuse mail ballot voting. If you may not be able to get to the polls on Election Day, you can fill out a mail ballot application and receive a mail ballot.


 


OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT


In person: Download, print out and return an application to your local Board of Canvassers office


Military and overseas voting: For more info, click here.


 


SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT


Location and time: Your application must be received by the local board of canvassers no later than 4:00pm on the 21st day before the election or primary in which you wish to vote.


 


QUALIFICATIONS


Deciding how to vote: http://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. 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


-U.S. Passport;


-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;


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

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