Rhode Island

State of Rhode Island Elections & Voting

Election Day is November 8

  • October 9                    Deadline to submit voter registration
  • October 19                  First day of early in-person voting
  • October 19                  First day to submit absentee ballot applications
  • November 7                Last day of early in-person voting
  • November 7                Deadline to submit absentee ballot applications
  • November 8                Election day


To register to vote in Rhode Island, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be a resident of Rhode Island
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Not be incarcerated in a correctional facility upon a felony conviction
  • Not be presently judged “mentally incompetent” to vote by a court of law


How to register to vote:


Voter ID Requirements
Poll workers will ask you to show a Photo ID when you vote at your polling place. Voter ID strengthens the public’s faith in the integrity of our elections by enabling poll workers to match a voter’s name to their face.

IDs must be valid and not have expired more than six (6) months prior to voting, but they do not need to have your current address.

  • RI driver’s license/permit
  • S. passport
  • ID card issued by any federally recognized tribal government
  • ID card issued by an educational institution in the U.S.
  • S. military ID card
  • ID card issued by the U.S. government or State of Rhode Island (RIPTA bus pass, etc.)
  • Government issued medical card
  • RI Voter ID card

No eligible voter will be turned away at the polls. Voters who do not bring ID to the polls can vote using a standard provisional ballot, which will be counted if the signature they give at the polling place matches the signature on their voter registration card. Mail ballots will not require Voter ID.


Absentee Voting

Rhode Island voters who are unable, or prefer not, to go the polls on Election Day can vote by mail. Follow the steps below to apply for and vote with a mail ballot.


Party Affiliation

If you are affiliated with a political party, you may only vote in that party’s primary. Unaffiliated, also known as independent, voters can vote in any party primary but, by casting a vote in a party primary, you automatically become affiliated with that party.

If you want to return to an unaffiliated status after voting by mail, you may do so by updating your record here and changing your party affiliation. You can also complete a new paper voter registration form or contact your local board of canvassers. You will officially return to your unaffiliated status in 30 days




Tribes in Rhode Island

Federally recognized tribes

  • Narragansett Indian Tribe

State recognized tribes

  • None

Native Vote Coordinators

Sign up to be a local Native Vote coordinator.

Major Party Contact Information

Chairman, Joseph McNamara

Chairman, Brandon S. Bell
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