Rhode Island

38% of 18-29 year olds voted in Rhode Island in 2016*

*Source CIRCLE - Youth Voting and Civic Engagement in America

Your voter registration application must be received on or by October 4, 2020 in order to be eligible to vote in the 2020 General Election.

Check Registration Status

Check your Rhode Island voter registration status here.

 

Eligibility

In order to register to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Rhode Island, at least 16 years old (although you must be 18 to vote), not be incarcerated in a correctional facility upon a felony conviction, and not be presently judged “mentally incompetent” to vote by a court of law.

  • College students have a choice of whether they want to vote in Rhode Island or vote in their home state. You may only be registered and vote at one location.

Deadline

The deadline to register to vote in Rhode Island for the General Election (November 3, 2020) is October 4, 2020.

 

Voter Registration Process

There are three primary methods of registering to vote in Rhode Island: online registration, mailing in a printable application, or in-person registration.

  • If it is your first time registering to vote in Rhode Island, you will need to submit a form of ID with your application. Acceptable forms of ID can be found here.
  • Further voter registration information for Rhode Island can be found here.

This page was last updated on 11/2/2020.

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Rhode Island offers absentee by-mail and early in-person voting. Voters are encouraged to consider voting using one of these methods in order to minimize their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Vote-By-Mail Practices

All registered Rhode Island voters are eligible to apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail. Click here to access Rhode Island’s absentee voting application.

  • The deadline to request an absentee by-mail ballot is October 13, 2020 at 4pm.
  • Your completed mail-in ballot must be received by the Board of Elections before 8pm on Election Day in order to be counted.
  • Further absentee by-mail voting information for Rhode Island is listed here.

Early Voting

Rhode Island offers early voting.

  • Early voting for the General Election will take place from October 14, 2020 to November 2, 2020. More information on early voting in Rhode Island can be found here.

Poll Finder

Locate your polling place here.

 

Election Day Practices

On Election Day, most polls are open 7am-8pm. Check here for your polling location’s specific hours.

  • In order to vote in Rhode Island, you must present a valid form of photo ID at the polls. More information about acceptable forms of photo ID can be found here.
  • Further Rhode Island voting information is listed here.

This page was last updated on 11/2/2020.

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