by Alex Graudins
Registering to Vote in Rhode Island:
Last day to register to vote in advance: Sunday, October 7th
How to Register in Advance:
- Not sure if you’re registered? Check here.
Voting in Rhode Island:
Voting on Election Day:
When & Where:
- Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th
- Find your polling place here.
- Polling places are open between 7am-8pm on Election Day. If you are in line by 8pm, you are allowed to vote.
- You should MAKE A PLAN for WHAT TIME you’re going to vote and HOW you’re going to GET THERE.
What You Need to Bring:
You are not required to show ID to vote, but you will be asked for it, and you should bring one of these if you can:
- Rhode Island driver’s license
- Rhode Island voter ID card
- United States passport
- student ID
- United States military ID
- ID card issued by the US government or Rhode Island
- Government issued medical card.
If you don’t have one of those IDs, you can vote using a provisional ballot, which will count if your ballot signature matches your voter registration.
Voting By Mail:
You can request a mail ballot if you can’t get to your polling place on Election Day for any reason.
How & When to Sign-Up:
- To request a mail ballot, fill out this PDF form and return it to your county election office.
- Your request must be received by Tuesday, October 16th
How & When to Vote:
- Your mail ballot must be received by the state board of elections by 8pm on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6th.
- You will need to sign your ballot and get two witnesses.
Other Important Info:
- You can register and vote where you live, even if you’re an out-of-state student or were previously registered somewhere else (so long as you don’t vote in two places at once.
- Many people with felony convictions can register & vote! If you are not in prison, you can vote, even if you’re still on parole and probation .
Check out this great community organization helping people vote in Rhode Island (courtesy of the Movement Voter Project).
- Rhode Island Working Families